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Observe the Moon with Sasha Samochina

Saturday, Oct. 05, 2019    4–5pm

From a personal tour of one of the world’s most captivating natural history museums to standing on the surface of Mars, art helps show the story that science cannot tell on its own. In this engaging presentation, you’ll learn about new immersive technologies that allow you to travel to worlds that were previously unable to be explored in person. Sasha Samochina, Deputy Lead of the Ops Lab at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will explain her path in creating films for science and her current work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Samochina will showcase new tools in XR technologies as well as point you to resources to be able to make your own content. The future is now, and it’s wonderfully virtual!

Then, visit the MSU Broad and explore A Brief History of Art in Space in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Moon landing. This exhibition tells some of the incredible stories of how space exploration has been intertwined with artistic imagination and visual culture.

Sasha Samochina is the Deputy Lead of the Ops Lab at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. She joined the team at JPL after working in New York in the fields of video and web development and in Chicago where she was a Media Producer at The Field Museum of Natural History. After dreaming up words, GIFs, and videos for NASA JPL, Marscuriosity, and other JPL social media channels, she was inspired to explore the world of 360 video, VR and AR. Through Samochina’s visualization skills, she pioneered the very first 360° video release on social media for NASA. Samochina helps create web and mixed reality experiences to aid scientists, engineers, and astronauts in transforming their workflow, and leverages that same experiential technology to educate and inspire the public to engage in STEAM. She loves all things digital, animal, sound-emitting, cosmic and views the world through XR-colored glasses.

Sasha Samochina's visit to MSU is co-sponsored by the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Held at Abrams planetarium, located at 755 Science Road, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824.

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