TEDxNASA event

When will this event take place?

10AM- 7 PM on Friday, November 20, 2009.
Where will the event take place?

The event will be held in the newly constructed, acoustically acclaimed Ferguson Center for the Arts on the campus of Christopher Newport University (CNU),
1 University Place, Newport News, Virginia, 23606.

What is TED?

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.


TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So they’re building a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and they are also building a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is call TEDxNASA, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDx NASA event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


This is more than just putting a group of famous, and not-so-famous names on a stage to entertain an audience. NASA is synonymous with innovation and thought leadership, TEDx is about ideas worth spreading. The TEDxNASA event will provide an opportunity to leverage the strengths of both organizations to present a unique opportunity for the exchange of game-changing ideas.

Space to Create

The theme for our TEDxNASA event is Space to Create. For NASA, the word ‘space’ generally has one meaning, for others, space can be a studio or a library, or a city park. NASA has always been on the leading edge of space exploration. Now NASA is on the leading edge of creating space for riveting talks by remarkable people. Each session will contain a great variety of topics from different walks of life.

Dr. Charles Lurio principal behind The Lurio Report is the 2009 Space Frontier Foundation Award for NewSpace Journalism. Congrtulations Charles on this well deserved award. Previous winners include David Livingston of “The Space Show,” prolific space writer and blogger Jeff Foust, and Alan Boyle of MSNBC.

Congratulations to Noah Fulmor and Erin Finnegan who became the first couple to get married in microgravity.

First microgravity wedding

First microgravity wedding


Doug Messier of Parabolic Arc posts an interesting interview with entrepreneur Mário Ferreira, one of the Virgin Galactic “founders” (the first 100, brave customers willing to guinea pig it up for the progress of humankind).

As big fans of port wine, we at 62MileClub wanted to point out Mr. Ferreira’s amusing comments:

“I’ll be taking my camera – a top-of-the-range Nikon – plus lots of spare batteries and memory cards and some Port wine… a half-liter bottle of Taylor’s, probably the 2004 vintage, in a special PVC container. The idea is to see if it loses any quality during its time in zero gravity and, on my return, some of the world’s top wine experts will blind-taste it to check.”