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Escape Velocity 2017
Review by Ernest Lilley
Museum of Science Fiction (MOSF)  ISBN/ITEM#: escaprevelecity
Date: 27 August 2017

Links: Escape Velocity 2017 Home / Program Guide / Tickets / Fairfax County Times Pre-Show article / Show Article /

The Museum of Science Fiction's annual sci-fi and science expo is coming to DC over Labor Day weekend, and we'll be covering it here. We're especially looking forward to talking with The Expanse's Cas Anvar who plays Alex Kamal and catching up with Science Fiction authors and old friends like David Brin and Joe Haldeman. THere are lots of great panels to attend, including the pop culture (The History of Science Fiction and others), tech (), and a mix of both (The Expanse: How it Gets Science Right). The panels are wide ranging and go where no con has gone before, even delving into topics like AI and ethics in Mechanical Morals: The Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. THere are gallerys and exhibits galore. with props from classic SF media and even a starship bridge simulator for teams to crew. 


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(From the Escape Velocity Website: )

About Escape Velocity

Imagination is everything.
It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

Albert Einstein

Escape Velocity is a micro futuristic world’s fair to promote STEAM education within the context of science fiction using the fun of comic cons and fascination of science and engineering festivals. Escape Velocity seeks to make a measurable positive impact to boost informal learning on the more conceptually challenging academic areas.

September 1 – 3, 2017: Escape Velocity at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC.



Pop Culture + Real Science = Escape Velocity
Cutting-edge technology and panels on hard science and pop culture. Hands-on STEAM activities for kids. Amazing cosplay and evening events for adults. Screenings of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and ‘Metropolis’. Astronauts, authors, artists, gaming, drone-racing, and much more!

Please visit our new CAD Catalog of free downloadable 3D science fiction models for high resolution printing.



Definition: The minimum velocity needed to escape a gravitational field.

The escape velocity at the surface of the earth is 11.2 km/sec (25,100 miles per hour), at the moon’s surface is 2.4 km/sec, and at the sun’s surface is 617.7 km/sec.

Escape velocity calculation: Ve = root2Rg

R is the radius of the celestial body and g is the acceleration due to the gravitational field at its surface.

The peculiar characteristic of a black hole is that the escape velocity at its “surface” (called its “event horizon”) is greater than the speed of light. Therefore nothing, not even light, may escape from it.

Escape Velocity is more than just rocket science . . . Escape Velocity applies to so many everyday things; it’s a success criteria for achievement. We need test pilots to overcome the event horizon of conventional thinking and push our imaginations to go beyond tomorrow.



Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limite

(Source: Museum of Science Fiction (MOSF))

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