Speakers

Meet the stars of this year's Jasper Dark Sky Festival

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Mark Kelly

Keynote Speaker | VIP

Mark Edward Kelly is a retired American astronaut, engineer and U.S. Navy Captain. He is the husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and is an author, political activist, and aerospace executive and consultant.

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Scott Kelly

Keynote Speaker | VIP

Scott Joseph Kelly is an engineer, retired American astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy Captain. A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station on Expeditions 26, 45, and 46.

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SPACEtalks & Big Bang Expo

Leland Melvin

SPACEtalks

First, he played in the NFL. Then, he became an astronaut.

Leland Devon Melvin is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on STS-122, and as mission specialist 1 on STS-129.

Emily Calandrelli

VIP | Big Bang Expo | SPACEtalks

The Space Gal

Emily Calandrelli is an executive producer and an Emmy nominated host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space and a chief correspondent on Netflix’s show, Bill Nye Saves The World, which just launched its second season.

Dianna Cowern

VIP | Big Bang Expo

The Physics Girl

Dianna Cowern is a science communicator and educator. She is the primary content creator for her YouTube channel, Physics Girl with PBS Digital Studios.

Nadia Drake

SPACETALKS | VIP

Science Journalist

Nadia Drake is a science journalist and contributing writer at National Geographic. She grew up staring at the stars and wondering whether they hosted extraterrestrial civilizations, which may or may not have something to do with the fact that her father is SETI pioneer Frank Drake.

Seth Shostak

VIP | SPACEtalks

American Astronomer

Seth Shostak is an American astronomer, currently Senior Astronomer for the SETI Institute and former Director of Center for SETI Research when it was a separate department. 

Matt Russo

VIP | Big Bang Expo | Dark Sky Evening

Astrophysicist, Musician, Astro-Musician

While completing postdoctoral research at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics he founded SYSTEM Sounds, a science-art
outreach project that translates the rhythm and harmony of the cosmos into music and sound.

RVNNERS

Dark Sky Evening

Toronto-based band producing uplifting indie rock.

Guitarist Matt Russo, drummer Nick Shao, and keyboardist Andrew Santaguida provide the upward drive that transforms emotional rawness into cathartic heights. RVNNERS is a new band with history.

Scott Ransom

VIP | Spacetalks

Astronomer

Scott is a tenured astronomer with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, VA where he studies all things “pulsar”. He is also a Research Professor with the Astronomy Department at the University of Virginia where he has several graduate
students and teaches the occasional graduate class.

Dark Sky Festival Events

The Kelly Brothers

Friday, October 19 | 7-9PM

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VIP Stargazing Reception

Friday, October 19 | 9:30-11:00PM

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SPACEtalks

Saturday, October 20 | 3-5PM

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Symphony Under the Stars

Friday, October 13 | 8-9:30PM

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Beyond the Stars

October 19 & 20 | 8-11PM

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Big Bang Expo

October 19 & 20 | 10-2PM

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Get Your Star Package

Attend two great events for one great price! For $140, dark sky enthusiasts can attend both the Keynote presentation by astronaut brothers Mark and Scott Kelly AND the fascinating SPACEtalks panel.

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Contact Us


  • Address

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