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Dr. David Grinspoon To Speak At Pacific Science Center

by | Dec 21, 2016

Senior Scientist at Planetary Science Institute Set to Speak on January 11, 2017

SEATTLE, WA– (December 20, 2016) – Dr. David Grinspoon, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, advisor to NASA, and former Library of Congress Chair of Astrobiology will speak at Pacific Science Center’s Science in the City event on January 11, 2017.

In Dr. Grinspoon’s talk “Earth in Human Hands”, he will explore a taxonomy of planetary catastrophes meant to illuminate the unusual nature of the “Anthropocene”, our current time of human-driven planetary changes, and reframe our environmental predicaments as part of a larger narrative of planetary evolution.

Dr. Grinspoon is an award-winning astrobiologist, science communicator, and author whose research focuses on atmospheric evolution and the potential conditions for life on Earth-like planets. His new book, Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future, is Dr. Grinspoon’s latest accomplishment in a career of outstanding science outreach. Dr. Grinspoon is a recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal of Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science and a frequent guest of the popular StarTalk Radio podcast, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Tickets are now available for Dr. Grinspoon’s Science in the City talk on January 11 at 7 p.m. A brief Q&A and book signing will immediately follow.


  • Date: Wednesday, January 11
  • Time: 7 p.m.; doors open: 6:40 p.m.
  • Where: Pacific Science Center’s PACCAR Theater
  • Tickets: $5 for general public and free for Pacific Science Center Members
  • Teens can receive $5 admission to all Pacific Science Center exhibits, IMAX documentary movies and Laser Shows. Learn More

Contact: Katelyn Del Buco Communications Manager – (206) 269-5728;

Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit institution in Seattle. The institution’s mission is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Pacific Science Center’s award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on the PSC campus and at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark.