20 Arts Circle Dr
How to Make a Spaceship
Chicago Humanities Festival
Sat, Oct 29 | 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Dr | Evanston, IL | 60208
Students and Teachers: $5
In 2004, a bullet-shaped rocket called SpaceShipOne was launched from the Mojave Desert, winning the $10 million XPrize for the first private, reusable manned spaceship and effectively creating a new industry that today includes SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin. In How to Make a Spaceship, Julian Guthrie tells the story of the ingenuity and outsized dreams of the competing teams of aviators, test pilots, billionaires, engineering school dropouts, and NASA retirees. Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer and the first astronaut of Iranian descent, joins Guthrie in conversation.
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A book signing will follow this program.
Julian Guthrie is a veteran, award-winning journalist who spent 20 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, and has also been published by the Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and others. She is the author of several books including the bestselling The Billionaire and the Mechanic.
Anousheh Ansari is an Iranian-American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc. The Ansari family is also the title sponsor of the Ansari X Prize. On September 18, 2006 she became the first Iranian woman in space. Ansari was the fourth overall self-funded space traveler, and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station. Her memoir, My Dream of Stars, co-written with Homer Hickam, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.