Join us for our special Earth Day programming and learn about the future of green aviation.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM

First Mode: Clean Energy Solutions
From Mars Rovers to Solving Climate Challenges

With a long history in deep space exploration for NASA’s Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity Mars rovers, First Mode co-founders Chris Voorhees, Chief Product and Technology Officer, and Peter Illsley, Chief Products Engineer, are now focused on the challenge of our time here on Earth: climate change. Hear the award-winning NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers speak to how they are applying expertise and lessons learned from spacecraft systems to transition heavy industry to a clean energy future.

  • Charles Simonyi Space Gallery
  • 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Reusable Rockets with Stoke Space

Kelly Hennig, COO of Stoke Space, will discuss why routine, reusable launch unlocks a robust space economy and enables humanity's sustainable growth.

  • Charles Simonyi Space Gallery
  • 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM

The Path to Green Aviation:
The innovation and technologies behind aviation’s sustainable future

The panel will focus on the development of green aircraft technologies that will transform air travel and reduce aviation’s carbon footprint. We’ll hear from four women working in different areas of the sustainable aircraft industry on how these technologies will change the way we fly.

Join Jen Uchida, President of the Society of Flight Test Engineers and Manager of Flight Test Engineering at AeroTEC, Yolanka Wulff, Executive Director of the Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI), Dr. Anita Sengupta, CEO & Founder of Hydroplane, and Sara Roggia, Head of Protections and Controls at MagniX, to discuss current advancements in environmentally-friendly flight technology.

  • William M. Allen Theater
  • 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

FREE with Museum admission.