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MOON TALKS: A 2021 Space Week Event

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The moon is the brightest and largest object in our night sky and makes Earth a more liveable planet by moderating our home planet’s wobble on its axis, leading to a relatively stable climate. It also causes tides, creating a rhythm that has guided humans for thousands of years. Throughout history, civilisations have imbued meaning to the moon and given it a face. Today designers, artists, scientists, and great thinkers are still working on or with the moon in their research. During Space Week this year, we hosted an event titled MOON TALKs which sought to explore the moon, where we are today, and how businesses, academics, and designers were using the moon in their work and research.

The speakers who joined us included: Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun- Stepanian, Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute, Dr. James Darling, Reader in Earth and Planetary Materials at the University of Portsmouth and Professor Marianna Obrist Professor of Multisensory Interfaces at UCL and Rod Mamin Chief Operating Officer at SpaceBit.

During the event, talks ranged from the cost of operating robots on the moon to beautiful geological slides of moon rock and what they can tell us today, to Tour De Moon a moon festival by Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios that will be touring next year with creative opportunities for young people. It was an eclectic vision of the future, from the perspective of the moon – and the South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications is grateful to all the speakers for their time and efforts!

You can watch the event in full on our Youtube below.


Chloe McClellan
Media and Communications Assistant
Chloe McClellan is an experienced communicator and social media specialist.