Science Pub Corvallis: Viking Mars Missions

Viking Mars Missions: The History, Stories and Influence on Mars Exploration

With Rachel Tillman, Founder and Executive Director of The Viking Mars Missions Education & Preservation Project (VMMEPP)

Al Treder, Viking Guidance & Control, Digital Archivist and Technical Consultant at VMMEPP

Peggy Newcomb, speaking on behalf of John Newcomb, Author and NASA Engineer (John passed away in March)

Science Pub Portland: Zika Virus

The Zika Virus

With Dan Streblow, PhD, Associate Scientist at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Oregon Health & Science University

Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation

Details coming soon!


Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please see the Mission Theater website for a dinner menu and venue information. 


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Reel Science: LAIKA: A Giant Skeleton & Animated Shorts


Steve Emerson, VFX Supervisor

Steve Switaj, Engineer, Camera and Motion Control

Eric Wachtman, CG Look Development Lead

Mitch Prater, Shading Systems Architect

Join OMSI and LAIKA for the kick off to the Animation Film Festival Weekend. Includes an in-depth lecture about the largest stop-motion puppet ever built or animated: an 18-foot tall giant skeleton. Following the lecture, we will enjoy 7 animated shorts produced by LAIKA employees.


6:20PM | Doors Open

Reel Science: The Dark Crystal

With Toby Froud, Sculptor 1 at LAIKA, Fabricator, Puppeteer and Filmmaker

6:15PM | Doors Open

6:30PM | Lecture and Q&A: Puppets!

7:30PM | Movie: The Dark Crystal (Duration: 1 hr. 33 mins. | Rating: PG)


Tickets will be on sale in September.



On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.


Due to unforeseen circumstances we are canceling the lecture portion of this event. We will still show the movie beginning at 6:30pm.

6:15PM | Doors Open

6:30PM | Movie: Babe (Duration: 1 hr. 31 mins. | Rating: G)



Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Oregon's Ancient Ocean



“Oregon's ancient ocean: the oldest vertebrate fossils from the Brisbois formation of eastern Oregon”


There were no dinosaurs in Oregon, but there were thallatosaurs.


Eric Metz (MS student, University of Alaska Museum) will present his research on the recently discovered 225 million year old fossils from the Brisbois formation of eastern Oregon. Nicknamed “Bernie”, these fossils are being excavated from their rock matrix in OMSI’s Paleontology Lab before they are sent to Alaska for study.