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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.

Exploring Saturn’s Mysterious North Pole Hexagon

The peerless Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí once proclaimed there are no straight lines in nature. Born in the 1850s, he clearly lived in a time when Saturn’s mysteries were still somewhat enigmatic. Gaudí is proof that intellectual brilliance is no guarantee against being dead wrong.

NASA’s Plans for the Artemis Lunar Lander Move Forward

The Artemis program is a crewed spaceflight program in which NASA plans to land the first woman and next man on the south pole region of the moon by 2024.

Carl Sagan and the Dunning-Kruger Effect, Part II

Through Carl Sagan’s tenets, we can learn more about ourselves. This self-awareness is essential to canceling the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Carl Sagan and the Dunning-Kruger Effect, Part I

Dr. Carl Sagan was a 20th-century astronomer, author and public educator. He was arguably one of the greatest scientific luminaries of his time.

When Will Spacecraft Return to the Surface of Venus?

In today’s new space race between countries and corporations, headlines are filled with topics on Mars, asteroid mining, satellite warfare, a new U.S. space force and another wave of Moon expeditions.

NASA’s Mission to Europa Gets Green Light for Next Phase

NASA has given the green light to begin the next phase of the Clipper mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa scheduled to launch between 2023 and 2025. This next step will focus on spacecraft design, construction and testing.

The Stunning Legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope

The Big Bang, the prevailing cosmological model for the beginning of our universe, is a relatively recent explanation for why the galaxies seem to be running away from each other.

How SpaceX Has Challenged Satellite Telecom Companies

SpaceX is planning an extremely low orbit range for the Starlink constellation. This tactic will present a considerable challenge for other companies.

Will the Space Force Develop the Right Culture for Its Mission?

The Air Force has chosen to organize around a theater-centric, centralized command and control system that is ill-suited for the global nature of space power.

Manned Voyages to Mars Must Overcome Big Challenges

For centuries man has dreamed of traveling to Mars. Unfortunately, sending humans to the “red planet” is an undertaking rife with obstacles, and it will take more than a vivid imagination to solve them.