Hayden Planetarium Programs
2014 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Selling Space
March 19, 2014
Space exploration is entering a new era. In recent years, dozens of private aerospace companies have emerged, 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.
2014 Asimov Panelists:
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.
*You can tune into the live stream on amnh.org/live on Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 pm.
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