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Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came and contributed to Roger That! 2018, you made it a stellar success. Roger That! 2019 will take place on February 15th and 16th, 2019. 


A Celebration of Space Exploration in Honor of Roger B. Chaffee

February 16 - 17, 2018

Roger That! 2018 Evening Keynote Speaker, Dr. Guion (Guy) Bluford

Dr. Bluford

 "An Astronaut's Journey: An Evening with Guy Bluford"

Friday night talk is free to the public, 6pm on the 16th, GVSU's Loosemore Auditorium - Click "Registration" above or click to register here.

Dr. Bluford also talks at the Grand Rapids Public Museum at 11am on Saturday the 17th. Purchase tickets here. 

Roger That! Conference

Roger B. Chaffee was born February 15, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and went on to become one of the city’s favorite sons. An engineer, pilot and astronaut, Chaffee lost his life in the Apollo 1 accident on January 27, 1967. This event, scholarly in nature and open to the general public, is co-organized by Grand Valley State University, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship Fund. Roger That! seeks to honor Chaffee and highlight local research in a two-day celebration of space exploration.

Roger That! is a series of concurrent events in downtown Grand Rapids taking place on Friday, February 16th and Saturday, February 17th, 2018. Speakers from a number of different fields will present.

Academic and Public Conference

Date: Friday, February 16th
Location: GVSU Pew Campus

Scholars and researchers from a number of institutions (GVSU, Hope College, University of Michigan, University of Dayton) are invited to speak on space-related topics from a variety of fields. 

  • Space and Science presentations will cover space-related topics in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields.
  • Space and Society presentations will cover topics that link space exploration and human lives, with presentations from literature, social sciences, humanities and similar fields.
  • Student Design Challenge presentations will allow local students to show off their innovative solutions to a number of challenges involving space exploration. Click on "Design Challenge," above, to learn more.

Morning Keynote Speakers:

Professors Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson present:

Art/Space: NASA Space Art Program and Beyond




School Field Trips

Date: Friday, February 16th
Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum

Local students will have an opportunity to learn about space exploration through a series of programs at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, including hands-on activities and a presentation at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium. Click "Field Trips," above, for more details.

Museum Celebration

Date: Saturday, February 17th
Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum

The GRPM will continue the celebration of space exploration and the life of Roger B. Chaffee through exciting and educational exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the day. Click on "Schedule," above, for more details.

Presented by Grand Valley State University in association with the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium.

The Roger That! conference is funded in part by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.