Ready. Set. Blast Off!

What a night! About 80 enthusiastic attendees arrived at Davenport’s Figge Museum ready to hear Craig Kletzing, the University of Iowa’s F. Wendell Miller professor of physics and astronomy, discuss the recent launch of NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), a mission established to investigate the dynamic environment of Earth’s radiation belts—a key discovery made by the legendary James Van Allen in 1958. Kletzing also addressed how his department continues to expand on the late UI professor’s research.

Afterward, participants enjoyed viewing art from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum traveling exhibition titled  “NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration.” This collection features 72 works of art (paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures) that span the entire history of NASA. Featured artists include Annie Leibovitz, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, and Jamie Wyeth.

In addition to the UIAA, this program was sponsored by the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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