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Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Asimov Debate

Selling Space

Space exploration is entering a new era. Dozens of aerospace companies have emerged in recent years, all with the goal of commercializing space as never before. From serving NASA's cargo needs to sending tourists on space vacations to mining asteroids for profit, this next generation of entrepreneurs, and not NASA, may be the ones who transform space into our backyard, possibly creating the first-ever trillionaires. Join host and moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson for a lively conversation with a panel of entrepreneurs and space historians on what may be our real future in space.

Tune into the live stream on on Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 pm

2014 Asimov Panelists Include:

Wanda M. Austin, president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation 

Michael Gold, Director of DC Operations and Business Growth, Bigelow Aerospace

Serves as Chair of Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, Federal Aviation Administration

John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus, Space Policy & International Affairs, George Washington University

Space Policy analyst and historian

Elliot Pulham, Chief Executive Officer, Space Foundation

The Space Foundation advocates for commercial, military, and government space interests

Tom Shelley, President, Space Adventures, Ltd.

Space Adventures provides opportunities for private spaceflight and space tourism

Robert Walker, Executive Chairman, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates

Chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology (1977 – 1997)


The late Dr. Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific and influential authors of our time, was a dear friend and supporter of the American Museum of Natural History.  In his memory, the Hayden Planetarium is honored to host the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate — generously endowed by relatives, friends, and admirers of Isaac Asimov and his work — bringing the finest minds in the world to the Museum each year to debate pressing questions on the frontier of scientific discovery.  Proceeds from ticket sales of the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debates benefit the scientific and educational programs of the Hayden Planetarium.

Please note there will be no book signing at this event. 

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