Retired NASA astronaut and current ASU Professor of Practice Scott Parazynski will discuss exploration at a public lecture on Thursday. Photographer: Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Retired NASA astronaut and current ASU Professor of Practice Scott Parazynski will discuss exploration at a public lecture on Thursday. Photographer: Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Scott Parazynski is no stranger to exploring. From descending into volcanoes to ascending to outer space, there’s little Parazynski hasn’t done.

The School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering professor of practice/university explorer, astronaut and tech startup CEO inspires others in his course, “Exploration: The Human Imperative,” which discusses the history and future of exploration, helps students become creative with their passions and teaches them to  conceptualize and plan expeditions, which have ranged from photography excursions to exploration beneath an ice cap on one of Jupiter’s moons.

Scientists explore by pushing the limits of technology and engineering, Parazynski says. As ASU prepares to take on its own space exploration — the Psyche mission to explore a metal asteroid, LunaH-Map’s attempt to find water on the moon and OSIRIS-REx’s mission to collect an asteroid sample and return it to Earth — Parazynski will talk exploration from outer space to inner space and how technology will get us there.

Human Exploration: From Outer Space to Inner Space
Thursday, January 26, 2017
7:30–8:30 p.m.
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB4) Marston Exploration Theater, Tempe campus [map]
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About the lecture

Extreme environments are tremendous catalysts for innovation. They inspire us not only to explore, but to develop new technology and new approaches to increase our understanding of Earth and space. Join Scott Parazynski, professor of practice, university explorer, astronaut and tech startup CEO, as he takes us on a journey to the top Mount Everest, to the bottom of a volcano, from Antarctica to outer space in pursuit of science, adventure and discovery.

About Scott Parazynski

Scott Parazynski, ASU University Explorer and Professor of Practice, is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School.  He trained at Harvard and in Denver in preparation for a career in emergency medicine and trauma. Dr. Parazynski has numerous publications in the field of space physiology with particular expertise in human adaptation to stressful environments. In 1992 he was selected to join NASA’s Astronaut Corps and eventually flew five Space Shuttle Missions and conducted 7 spacewalks (EVAs). In May of 2016 Scott was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center, FL.

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