Astronauts and innovators, including SpaceX's billionaire founder Elon Musk, are descending upon the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the university's aeronautics and astronautics department.
MIT is hosting the "AeroAstro at 100" conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts from Wednesday (Oct. 22) to Friday (Oct. 24), and you can watch it live online thanks to an MIT webcast. Some highlights of the event include Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins participating in an astronaut panel on Wednesday, and innovators from all sides of the aerospace industry discussing satellites and the future of flight on Thursday. Musk will take part in a one-on-one interview on Friday.
Look over the full conference schedule here: http://aeroastro.mit.edu/aeroastro100/centennial-symposium/centennial-symposium-agenda. Space.com's Miriam Kramer will be on location covering the conference.
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Miriam Kramer joined Space.com as a Staff Writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also served as Space.com's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight. Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. Miriam is currently a space reporter with Axios, writing the Axios Space newsletter. You can follow Miriam on Twitter.