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Science Happy Hour + The Failed Dreams of a Rocket Scientist

  • Museum at Prairiefire 5801 W. 135th Street Overland Park United States (map)

Doors 5:30 pm

Presentation 6:00 pm

Shadan Ardalan, NASA Engineer

MAP Members FREE, General Public $10


Shadan Ardalan is not your grandfather’s NASA engineer (especially if your grandfather had a crewcut, wore short-sleeved white shirts & skinny black ties, and worked in Mission Control during the 1960s). Shadan is part of the new breed of NASA engineer. As a son of immigrants, Shadan is a dreamer who wanted to be a part of our nation’s space program. But during his 30 year career, he realized that what he learned while flying spacecraft around Jupiter and Saturn could also be applied back on Earth. Part TED-talk, part one-man show, Shadan tells stories of his family, life, and career in a way that will hopefully entertain, amuse and inspire you….you and your grandkids.

As part of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory team, Shadan Ardalan has worked on space exploration missions including:

  • Juno (mission to Jupiter)

  • Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity rover)

  • Stardust-NExT (extended mission to Comet Tempel 1)

  • Chandraayn (mission to Moon)

  • Cassini (mission to Saturn)

  • Deep Impact (mission to Comet Tempel 1)

  • Mars Odyssey & Mars Global Surveyor

  • Genesis (mission to collect solar wind particles at Earth-Sun L1)

  • Galileo Extended Mission

  • Galileo (mission to Jupiter)


*Museum at Prairiefire members receive discounts on special events and FREE tickets to regularly scheduled programming, like Science Happy Hour. To receive your discount, log into your new MAP account. If you haven't logged in before, email us at to set up your account.

**Must be 21+ with proof of ID to consume alcoholic beverages.



What time should I arrive by?

Doors open at 5:30 pm

Presentation begins at 6:00 pm

Where can I park?

FREE Parking available on the Street, Parking lot and Prairiefire Parking Garage

What should I expect out of the evening?

A dynamic 45-60 minute presentation followed by a Question and Answer session. Light apps, wine, beverages and beer provided by KC Bier

What are the age limitations for this event?

Recommended for Adults and curious young adults

Do I need to bring anything?

Your curiosity!