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Published on Jul 29, 2012
Dan Durda is a planetary scientist specializing in asteroids, comets, and other small objects in the solar system. He is employed by Southwest Research Institute (SWrI), in Boulder, CO.
He will detail SWrI's new agreements with Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace to fly payload specialists aboard Spaceship Two and Lynx, conducting experiments in microgravity. Dan and his colleagues will become some of the first commercial astronauts in the USA.
Dan is also a search and rescue diver, exploring underwater caves and flying second-seat in an F-18 fighter in his spare time. He is also a frequent interviewee for the Science Channel, and the Learning Channel, lending his expertise to discussions on space subjects.
He is also a accomplished, published space artist, and has original paintings and giclee prints in the art show.
This was taken in 2012 at Spacefest IV in Tucson, AZ at Starr Pass Resort and Spa. This is an annual space exploration convention with astronauts that walked on the moon, space and planetary scientists.
Spacefest V will be held, memorial day weekend 2013 in Tucson, Arizona at Starr Pass.
UPDATE: Spacefest VII set for June 9-12 2016 www.spacefest.info