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A veteran of both the US Army and US Air Force, Professor Wes O’Donnell is a highly sought after presenter who has recently spoken at TEDx on Data Visualization and the US Air Force Academy on Leadership. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes. Wes educates companies and government organizations on a number of topics ranging from emerging technology and big data visualization to veteran’s issues and leadership. But Wes’ best talks tend to center around his personal journey from poverty to distinguished entrepreneur and professor; a truly inspiring journey.

What Does the U.S. Space Force Uniform Look Like? Function Over Form

For the better part of six decades, our imaginations have been tempered by science fiction as to what a space force uniform should look like.

This Week in Space! Buzz Aldrin Turns 90

In case you have been living under a rock for the past 50 years, Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer, former astronaut and fighter pilot, but is perhaps best known as the lunar module pilot on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. He and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two humans to land on the moon.

SpaceX Approaches Key Survival Test for Manned Missions

Tomorrow, Elon Musk’s space logistics company SpaceX is scheduled to perform one of the final tests of its Crew Dragon capsule for manned missions to and from low-Earth orbit.

This Week in Space: NASA Launches Landsat 1 on January 13, 1972

This week in 1972, NASA launched the Earth Resources Technology Satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It was later renamed Landsat 1.

This Week in Space! January 6, 1905: Charles Perrine Discovers a New Moon of Jupiter

This week in 1905, Charles Dillon Perrine discovered a new moon of Jupiter, later named Elara (from Greek mythology, the mother of the giant Tityus and fathered by Zeus).

Christina Koch New Record Holder for Longest Space Mission by a Woman

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is the new record holder for the single longest space mission by a woman, besting NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson.

This Week in Space! December 19, 1961 – France Creates Space Agency CNES

This week in 1961, French President Charles de Gaulle established the Centre national d'études spatiales, or the National Center for Space Studies (CNES).

This Week in Space! December 9, 2006 – First Swedish Astronaut in Space

This week in 2006, the first Swedish astronaut launched aboard space shuttle Discovery as a mission specialist for mission STS-116.

Avoiding a Potential Asteroid Impact Requires Planning

Assuming an asteroid is on an imminent collision course with Earth, there are a number of ways we might prevent it. The asteroid could be slowed down, sped up, or by slightly changing its trajectory just enough so that it does not intersect with Earth’s orbit when and where Earth happens to be.

Addressing Psychological Challenges for Space Exploration

Psychological issues are not something that many of us would ever attribute to an astronaut. Just saying the word astronaut suggests a hardened test pilot or brave modern explorer, not someone facing a psychological issue or challenge.