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Rice University 100 Years 1912-2012



It is almost impossible to overstate the importance of the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), both to our nation's space program and to the Greater Houston community which it transformed into "Space City, USA." In celebration of 50 years of productive Rice-JSC collaboration and in anticipation of many more, Rice partnered with our colleagues at NASA to present a weeklong tribute to our neighbors -- the women and men of the astronaut corps and NASA Johnson Space Center.      


September 9, 2011 

Space City 2020 

Area government, business and academic leaders joined together at Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative for a workshop to plan for the future of Houston's continued leadership in the exploration of space. The concluding banquet featured former NASA Chief Scientist and current Purdue University President France Córdova. For more information about the workshop and a link to Córdova’s keynote address, click here. 


September 10, 2011 

NASA Day at Rice Football  

(Rice versus Purdue at Rice Stadium) 

NASA exhibits were part of the pregame activities in Tailgate Owley outside of the stadium as the Owls defeated the Purdue Boilermakers to kick off the 100th season of Rice Owls football.  

The MOB put on a great halftime performance dedicated to the Rice NASAversary.

September 12, 2011  

Anniversary of President Kennedy's Historic 1962 Rice Stadium speech  

September 12, 2011  

"Houston, We Have a Space Program" 

Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies presented the first of two evening classes on the history of the Johnson Space Center, featuring some of the men and women who lived it firsthand. A panel of former astronauts and other space program luminaries convened at Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative for an evening that included highlights of President Kennedy's historic speech at Rice Stadium and a discussion led by Pat Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute. For more information, click here.  

September 16, 2011 

September 14, 2011  

50th anniversary of NASA Administrator James E. Webb's decision to build the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. 

“Our decision is that this laboratory 

[now NASA Johnson Space Center] 

should be located in Houston, Texas, 

in close association with Rice University 

and the other educational institutions 

 there and in that region.” 

Memorandum to President John F. Kennedy 

from NASA Administrator James Webb 

September 14, 1961  

September 14, 2011  

SPACE FRONTIERS Lecture: Norman Augustine Chairman 

Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee 

Norman R. Augustine, chairman of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, presented a lecture titled "The Greatest Obstacle to Human Space Travel." For details and event photos, click here.   


September 16, 2011 

Rice NASAversary Exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science 

View a free exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of NASA's Johnson Space Center and its first half century of collaboration with Rice University and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This exhibit is located at the entrance to the Burke Baker Planetarium in the museum's main lobby and is free and open to the public during normal museum hours - no museum or planetarium admission is required. For directions to the museum and museum hours, please visit hmns.org.  



"Houston We Have a Space Program" 

Rice's Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies presented the second of two evening classes saluting the history of the Johnson Space Center. Former astronaut Scott Parazynski and Carolyn Sumners, vice president of astronomy and the physical sciences of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, previewed a Burke Baker Planetarium show, followed by a 3-D IMAX® movie -- introduced by Mike Massimino, astronaut and Rice adjunct professor of mechanical engineering and materials science -- about the remarkable contributions made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. For more information about the event, click here 

September 20, 2011 

Baker Institute Lecture 

In a lecture titled "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon," John M. Logsdon, professor emeritus of political science and international affairs at The George Washington University, discussed how the Kennedy administration charted the course for U.S. space policy. For more information and to view a webcast of the event, click here  



The Rice NASAversary is a presentation of Rice's Centennial Celebration in cooperation with the NASA Johnson Space Center.