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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.

Intra-Planetary Travel: Managing the Experience Is Key

Last year, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX announced a grand vision to provide intra-planetary transportation services via daily commercial rocket launches around the world, just like airlines.

Weekend of Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary Opens on the Mall

In DC, crowds began to gather on the Mall early Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20.

Does Anyone Recall the Words of the 2nd Man on the Moon?

By now we are no doubt caught up in the much-deserved hype surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon expedition, happening this week.

Secret Ingredient to a New Era of Space Exploration: Cheaper Launches

After Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon 50 years ago this week, it’s hard not to conclude that he got it backward: It wasn’t “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Demystifying the Optical Illusion of Retrograde Motion

Imagine you take a midnight stroll on a dark summer evening, and during your walk, you happen to notice an object in the sky behaving oddly. It looks like a star, but it moves across the sky in a strange way... forward, then backward, then forward again.

Many Apollo Moon Rocks to Be Studied for the First Time

Fifty years ago, NASA astronauts began bringing back to Earth a small mountain of moon rocks and soil (known as regolith) for scientists to experiment on.

Apollo 11 Anniversary May Herald Start of New US Era in Space

As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing approaches on July 20, Americans are ready to mark what has often been called “Man’s Greatest Achievement.”

Inside the US Air Force’s Top-Secret X-37B Space Plane

Among the many secretive projects hidden beneath the redacted cover of the black budget, none serve to galvanize the public’s imagination quite as much as the Boeing X-37B space plane.

Hazardous Apollo 11 Journey Comes Alive Again in New Book

"[I]t's hard to believe that it has been five decades since Neil Armstrong and I walked on the Moon," writes astronaut and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin in his foreword to Rod Pyle's stellar (pun intended) book, "First on the Moon: The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Experience." Indeed, it is hard to believe.

2019 Solar Eclipse- Watch it LIVE

On Tuesday, 2 July 2019, a total solar eclipse passes over ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Total solar eclipses are rare phenomena