University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Andrew Rader

Carolyn Barnes and Alexander McGrellis

Andrew Rader is a mission manager at SpaceX with a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in long duration spaceflight. He’s an expert in the field of space exploration who’s authored more than a dozen technical papers and been featured in Slate, Motherboard, Vice, The Verge, Gizmodo, and The New York Times. As the winner of the Discovery Channel's number one competitive television series north of the border, "Canada's Greatest Know-it-All," he’s something of a hometown hero who’s been interviewed by dozens of Canadian media outlets.

Rader has authored "Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take us to the Stars" and the children’s books, "Rocket Science," "Epic Space Adventure," "Mars Rover Rescue" and "Europa Excursion." He’s also a tabletop game designer with several popular space, science and history games under his belt and a trivia aficionado whose team has twice taken home the $10,000 grand prize at North America’s largest live trivia contest, World Trivia Night.

In addition to his many other activities, Rader co-hosts the weekly podcast Spellbound along with YouTube celebrity Julian Smith, covering topics from science to economics to history and psychology. Rader also maintains his own YouTube channel, where he’s amassed more than eight million views on over a hundred videos including comedic selections like Cooking on Mars, Who Wants to be a Mega Trillionaire? and educational videos such as Getting to Another Star, How to Stop an Asteroid and excerpts from a popular spacecraft engineering course Rader taught at MIT.

Visit website | Facebook Twitter

Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars
Science / Medicine / Technology
November 2019
ISBN 9781982123536
352 pages
$28.00, INSTORE
Buy now

From brilliant young polymath Andrew Rader—an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and SpaceX mission manager—an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to continually push into new and uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to current planning for interstellar travel. More/less

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Arizona Party Rental Companies
Arizona Wholesale Supply
Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation
Tucson Electric Power Co.

Want to help support literacy in Southern Arizona?
Become a Friend Now!
Show sponsors