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Chicago Society for Space Studies Speakers Bureau

As a part of our educational mission, the Chicago Society for Space Studies has established a Speakers Bureau. The purpose of this speakers bureau is to provide educational presentations and programs about space exploration and space science to groups and facilities in the Chicago area. Our speakers have provided space science and space exploration related presentations to youth groups, astronomy clubs, libraries, museums, senior citizen groups, and schools in Chicago and its suburbs. For a more detailed overview of venues and localities, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Topics on which our speakers have made presentations have included:

  • International Space Station
  • Robotic Exploration of Mars
  • Human Exploration of Mars
  • Cassini Mission to Saturn
  • The Deep Impact Mission
  • NEAR Asteroid Mission
  • Planets of the Solar System in 3D
  • Lunar Solar Power
  • Gemini Program History
  • Apollo Program History
  • Annual Space Year in Review
  • Future of Human Space Exploration
  • Why We Need to Explore Mars
  • Solar Power Satellites
  • Lunar Helium-3 and Fusion Energy
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • NewSpace / Commercial Space

All arrangements for presentations are made directly between the group and the individual speaker. Following is a list of our current speakers. Please contact the individual directly. Clicking on the speaker's name will take you to a page with biographical and contact information for that person.

For a partial listing of upcoming presentations by members of our Speakers Bureau, visit our Coming Events page.

CSSS Speakers

CSSS Speakers - Subject Matrix

The following matrix is provided to facilitate identification of a speaker based on subject area.

Subject Area Topic \ Speaker Larry BartoszekLarry Boyle Jim Kovac Kent Nebergall Jim Plaxco  
Astronomy Hubble Space Telescope         Yes  
Astronomy The Universe     Yes   Yes  
Astronomy Black Holes and Stars Yes          
Planetary ExplorationCassini - Saturn     Yes      
Planetary ExplorationEarth Polar Exploration       Yes    
Planetary ExplorationMars     Yes Yes Yes  
Planetary ExplorationSolar System     Yes   Yes  
Planetary ExplorationSolar System in 3D         Yes  
Planetary ExplorationUnmanned probes   Yes   Yes    
Planetary ExplorationTitan         Yes  
Space Commerce NewSpace/Commercial Space        Yes  
Space History Space Program History   Yes     Yes  
Space History Apollo Moon Program   Yes     Yes  
Space History Foreign Space programs   Yes        
Space History Military space programs   Yes        
Space History Space Year in Review   Yes        
Space Settlement Interstellar Flight   Yes        
Space Settlement Solar Power Satellites         Yes  
Space Settlement Lunar Bases         Yes  
Space Settlement Lunar Solar Power         Yes  
Space Settlement Lunar Helium-3 Fusion         Yes  
Space Settlement Human Missions to Mars       Yes Yes  
Space Settlement Space Elevators Yes          
Space Settlement Space Settlement Yes         Yes

Area communities in which CSSS speakers have given presentations include:

Arlington Heights
Blue Island
Crystal Lake
Elk Grove
Highland Park
Hoffman Estates
Lake Zurich
Morton Grove
Park Ridge
River Forest
River Grove
Rolling Meadows

Venues for presentations have included:



Adler Planetarium
Museum of Science and Industry
Cernan Space Center
PSF Henize Science Center


Antioch Upper Grade School
Campanelli Public School
Eisenhower Junior High School
Elgin Community College
Willard Elementary School
Sunnydale Elementary School


Bartlett Public Library
Batavia Public Library
Bloomingdale Library
Blue Island Library
Deerfield Public Library
Ela Area Public Libraryy
Elk Grove Public Library
Evanston Library
Glenview Library
Highland Park Library
Indian Trails Library
Morton Grove Public Library
Niles Public Library
Park Ridge Public Library
Poplar Creek Library
Rolling Meadows Library
Schaumburg Library
Skokie Public Library
Wauconda Library


Boys Scout Troop 67
Capricon Science Fiction Convention
Duckon Science Fiction Convention
ED/CAS/SSC Societies of IEEE
Friendship Village Mens Club
Harper College Astronomy Day
International Space Development Conference
Lake County Astronomical Society
Northwest Surburban Astronomers
Pixel Camera Club
Skokie Valley Astronomers
ToBe Continued Convention
Windycon Science Fiction Convention

To find out how you can help the Chicago Society for Space Studies promote space exploration in the Chicago area, please check out our Membership page.

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