The future of space travel

SYCAMORE – Now that the space shuttles are museum pieces, what are NASA’s plans for future American spaceflight?

NASA Solar System Ambassador Joel Knapper will reveal the current and future plans to get Americans back into space at Northern Illinois University’s next STEM Cafe, “The Future for American Manned Spaceflight,” on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Jane Fargo Hotel in Sycamore.

Knapper is a trained NASA volunteer who brings information to local communities about the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s explorations and discoveries related to Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, asteroids, comets, Earth and the solar system.

STEM Cafes are casual events that offer adults an opportunity to eat, drink and chat with scientists about the latest breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These monthly events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase from Jane Fargo Hotel’s restaurant.

February’s STEM Cafe, “Miracle Crops or Frankenfoods,” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Taxco Restaurant in Sycamore. Thomas Sims, director of NIU’s Plant Molecular Biology Center, will talk about genetically-modified crops – the science behind them, the issues related to genetic modification in agriculture and prospects for the future.

For more information, call 815-753-4751 or email

‘The Future for American Manned Spaceflight’

6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22

Jane Fargo Hotel, 355 W. State St., Sycamore

NASA Solar System Ambassador Joel Knapper will talk about plans for America’s space program in this casual discussion. Food and beverages available for purchase.

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