University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)
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Kristin Block


Kristin Block is a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Kristin works on spacecraft science operations, at the point where science and engineering meet. She is currently a Principal Science Operations Engineer for the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, where she designs and commands observations of the surface, other spacecraft and landed assets, and the occasional passing comet. She’s proud to be part of the team that has won three NASA group awards for its unprecedented work imaging Mars.

Kristin was a member of the Phoenix Mars Lander Optical Microscope team and has worked in laboratory-based astrobiology, researching the effects of lightning and meteorites on elements necessary for life. Planetary science is Kristin’s second career; before returning to grad school she earned a degree in music, and continues to perform percussion and upright bass.


Scheduled events:
Incredible Stories from Space
Nancy Atkinson and Kristin Block share compelling personal insights from NASA space missions, taking you behind the scenes of the unmanned missions that are transforming our understanding of the solar system and beyond.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 155)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nancy Atkinson, Kristin Block
Moderator: Chris Impey
Women Writing about Women in Science
Julian Guthrie, Nathalia Holt and Kristin Block, along with science operations engineer Block, share their experiences as women writing about other women in the sciences, their influences and challenges.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 155)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Kristin Block, Julian Guthrie, Nathalia Holt
Moderator: Nancy Atkinson

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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