The Alien Experts
(Left to right) Author David Childress, researcher Jason Martell, investigative mythologist William Henry, ancient literature expert Ariel Tzadok, and "Ancient Aliens" producer Max Thompson on a panel discussion during the Alien Con 2016 on Oct. 29.
Actress Katee Sackhoff of the series "Battlestar Galactica" signs autographs at Alien Con 2016 on Oct. 28.
"Lost in Space"
Former child actor Bill Mumy, who played the role of Will Robinson in the 1960s CBS science-fiction television series "Lost in Space," signs autographs at Alien Con 2016 on Oct. 28.
Actor Tom Skerritt, who played a role in the movie "Alien," signs autographs at Alien Con 2016 on Oct. 28.
TV Producer Kristina Djokic, who worked on the History Channel show "Ancient Aliens," speaks at Alien Con 2016 during a panel discussion on Oct. 28.
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, executive producer of "Ancient Aliens," signs autographs for Alien Con 2016 fans and attendees on Oct. 29.
"Lost in Space" Robot
Attendees take photos of the "Lost in Space" robot during the Alien Con 2016 on Oct. 29.
Actor Mark Goddard, who starred in the 1960s CBS television series, "Lost in Space," signs autographs at Alien Con 2016 on Oct. 28.
Thrifty, Nifty Alien
This Alien Con 2016 attendee had brilliant idea for a low-budget alien costume a costume party on Oct. 28.
Star Wars' R2-D2 also made an appearance at Alien Con 2016. Here, fans check out the robot replica in the main exhibition hall on Oct. 28.
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at FutureFlight.aero and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at Space.com. As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.