In conjunction with George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute, NASA is planning a one-day symposium on 8 May 2001 to mark the
anniversary of forty years of human spaceflight. The symposium will take place at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater at the George Washington
University in Washington, D.C. While the symposium will be free to the public we urge registration to ensure a seat at what we expect to be a full

Three main panels are slated: historical perspectives on the past 40 years of human spaceflight, astronaut perspectives on the experience of
spaceflight, and perspectives on the next 40 years. The agenda as it stands at present includes the following sessions and speakers:

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater
The George Washington University
Washington, D.C.

9:00-9:30 Opening Remarks Daniel S. Goldin, NASA Administrator

9:30-10:00 Keynote Remarks

“Human Space Flight and American Society: the Record So Far” Charles Murray, author, Apollo:Race to the Moon

10:00- 11:00 The Experience of Space Flight

Buzz Aldrin Bob Crippen Charles Walker Several active astronauts

11:00-12:30 Perspectives on the Past Forty Years of Human Space Flight

“The Space Flight Revolution Revisited” William Sims Bainbridge, author, The Space Flight Revolution

“Mutual Influences: USSR-U.S. Interactions During the Space Race” Asif Siddiqi, author, Challenge to Apollo

“Making Human Space Flight as Safe as Possible” Fred Gregory, NASA

“What If? Paths Not Taken” John M. Logsdon, George Washington University

12:30-1:45 Lunch

1:45-4:15 Perspectives on the Next Forty Years of Human Space Flight

“Human Space Flight and Expanding the Frontiers of Knowledge” Neil de Grasse Tyson, Director, Hayden Planetarium

“Space Flight and Human Frontiers” – Robert Zubrin, The Mars Society

“Human Space Flight: an Element of American Greatness”- Homer Hickam, author, October Sky

“The Ethics of Human Space Flight” – Lori Zoloth, San Francisco State University

“Human Space Flight and American Society: a Perspective on the Future,” – Michael Eric Dyson, DePaul University

“NASA Faces the Future” James Garvin, NASA

4:15-4:45 The International Space Station and the Future of Human Space

Flight William Shepherd, Commander, Expedition 1, International Space Station

4:45 5:00 Closing Remarks

More details will be posted to the NASA history website soon. If you would like to receive further information on the symposium and the registration form please send a note with your contact information to and ask to be included on the mailing list.


Roger D. Launius, Ph.D

NASA Chief Historian

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