National Space Society’s Space Exploration Roundtable

Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL, Ballroom G, November 10, 2001

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  • Session 1: 9:00–10:00; The Future of Robotic Exploration * Robotic missions within the solar system and beyond, * The Faster Better Cheaper Model * Future Missions * Future Robotic Technologies
  • Session 2: 10:00-11:00; Commercial Space and Space Tourism * From communications satellites to space hotels * commercial space opportunities (space burial, advertising, ISS, * industry in space * The impact of current space law on commercial prospects
  • Session 3: 11:00-12:00; A Human Future in Space * ISS – a first step * space colonies, why and how? * future human lunar activities * future human Mars activities * Life amongst the asteroids and beyond

    Panelists Include:

  • Jim Plaxco (moderator – NASA JPL SSA
  • Matt Lowry Ð Mars Society
  • Kevin Caruso – NASA JPL SSA and author of “Back to the Moon”
  • Paul Gunty – NASA JPL SSA, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools,
  • Jeffrey Liss, National Space Society
  • Karen Mermel, National Space Society
  • Bill Higgins, Fermilab

    and more

    About The National Space Society

    The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, international, educational, grassroots nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. The NSS has more than 22,000 members, and 75 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The NSS, founded in 1974 by Wernher von Braun, is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space.

    The National Space Society’s vision is people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth. NSS members promote change in social, technical, economic, and political conditions to advance the day when people will live and work in space.