Space in Your Face! was started by Julia DeMarines, an Astrobiologist and science communicator, in 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Space in Your Face! is a variety show combining science and art to yield a highly immersive and engaging event.
The roots of Space in Your Face! start in 2004 when Julia and her classmate Giada Arney (now a researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) started an Astrobiology Club at their alma mater, the University of Colorado. They led two-hour lessons taught in ways drastically different than their professors had to offer. These lessons often included humor, clips from credible TV shows like South Park and Family Guy, and as much Carl Sagan as possible.
It was at one of these club meetings where Julia met her future boss and advisor, Dr. David Grinspoon. At the time he was Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and kindly gave a talk at an Astrobiology Club meeting. In 2011 Julia became his research assistant at the museum for the next three years. It was during this time when Grinspoon asked Julia to help instigate and plan a space variety show called “The Funky Science Cabaret” which sounded like the coolest thing ever. After planning the first event, David was offered a position at the Library of Congress as their inaugural Chair of Astrobiology. With an opportunity like that, David could not refuse, so he moved to Washington DC and The Funky Science Cabaret never came into fruition. With the planning that Julia had already accomplished and the experience from running the Astrobiology Club, she decided to start her own space-outreach project in Denver called Space in Your Face! Since 2013 Julia has been running and curating Space in Your Face! held in Denver’s Deer Pile venue. Since she is no longer a Denver resident she runs her events seasonally.
Beyond the Rainbow: using light to understand out Universe and find life out there – a lesson on spectroscopy and what the universe looks like through light that our eyes cannot perceive
Extra>Terrestrial: Planetary analogs – How some places on earth resemble locations in our solar system.
Food in Space: What is astronaut ice cream? What would a picnic on the Moon look like? How about on Venus, or Triton?
Icy bodies: Asteroids, Comets, Snow Cones
Constellations: How the constellations came to be, their myths, and their science: Focusing on Perseus and Leo
Failure to Launch: A play-by-play on the most epic failures, that ultimately lead the US to the Moon, during the space race. e Real footage of rocket failures will be played.
Venus – So Hot Right Now: This one is all about Venus exploration – past, present, and future. (Did you know that there is a manned mission in development to send a blimp to the Venusian clouds.
Uranus, and other large gassy objects: Gas giants, icy giants, and as many butt innuendoes as possible.
The NEW Solar System: This presentation goes through basic orbital dynamics, as well as a tour of the solar system, spouting out cool facts about each planet giving them first place ribbons for what their best at. I usually do the Beastie Boys, Paul Revere solar system cover song with this one.
Dudes… Mars: This event is all about past, present and future missions to Mars with a thought project for the audience about how to overcome five challenges faced during a human mission to Mars.
Habitability: What you need to have life, as we know it. This event features a discussion on the importance of water, temperature, pressure and how the habitable zone is evolving.
Astrobiology: A general overview of Astrobiology
ET Life: All about the search for intelligent life in the Universe. Here we focus on the history of radio communication/SETI and the history of messaging ET life followed by an audience discussion of the ethics of sending intentional messages to space.
XXX-oh-planets: Over the top exoplanet detection method demonstration using people in fishnets and boas and lots of gyration.
Black Holes SUCK! : A presentation on the life cycle of stars complete with a funky remix of a Carl Sagan video monolog mashed with sweet beats… and for some reason… clips from The Three Amigos.
Earth… WTF?: A bit of a racy name, but talks about why Earth is so damn weird compared to all of the other planets in our solar system and of the discovered exoplanets. Chocked-full of cosmic perspective and Carl Sagan quotes.
The ‘New’ Solar System: What’s the deal with Pluto anyways? Also, what’s beyond Pluto and how do you pronounce Makemake?