Calling All Astro-tourists! Interactive-Journalist Olivia Koski and Astronomer-Educator Jana Grcevich Present their Interstellar Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveler

 Friday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.

If you’re planning a vacation to Neptune this summer, or just planning a vacation here on Earth star-gazing and imagining such a getaway in sublime detail, here, at last,(!) is your indispensable companion,Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveler created by two supernova tour guides, interactive journalist and producer of Emmy-nominated science flicks Olivia Koski and astronomer Jana Grcevich, a science educator who hails from the wondrous American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium. Guaranteed to transport you, even if you are still saving up for that outer space tour: a stratospheric talk, reading and signing.
Cover Vacation Guide to the Solar SystemPacked with real science and fueled by imagination, a beautifully illustrated travel guide for interstellar tourists of all ages.  Vacation Guide to the Solar System provides a whimsical tour of planets near and far. At a time when burgeoning startups are offering sub-orbital travel to everyday people (albeit for a hefty price), and NASA is discovering new, possibly habitable planets by the handful, interplanetary vacations are suddenly not quite as improbable as they once seemed. Our knowledge of the solar system has exploded in recent decades. Thousands of scientists have meticulously collected reams of data, gaining unprecedented insight into the physical make-up of our neighboring planets. And while all of this scientific inquiry is of great value, there has been surprisingly little attention paid to some very important questions. Questions such as: what is the weather like on Neptune? How much time off work do I need to request for a vacation to Mercury?
You’ll need help choosing the most breathtaking landscapes, finding those pristine hidden moons, and of course, staying alive. Get a feel for what to expect while climbing the low-gravity, impossibly deep canyons of Mars. What’s the best way to tour Saturn’s rings, from a moon orbiting in them, or from above?

Koski_head_shot-2Olivia Koski  is Head of Operations at Guerilla Science. She was previously a senior producer at the Atavist Magazine, where she produced 30 interactive journalism stories, five of which were nominated for a National Magazine Award and one an Emmy. She has a master’s in journalism from NYU and her writing has appeared in Wired, Popular Mechanics, and Scientific American.

Grcevich.Credit Sherry Reina Hochbaum

photo by Sheri Reina Hochbaum

Jana Grcevich, PhD, has worked as an astronomer and science educator at the American Museum of Natural History and hosts shows at the Hayden Planetarium. She received her undergraduate degrees in astronomy, physics, and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her doctorate in astronomy at Columbia University. She teaches astronomy to future high school Earth Science teachers as a part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at AMNH.