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2014 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Selling Space

Wednesday, 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 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. 


  • Wanda Austin—President and chief executive office of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation's national security space programs.
  • Michael Gold—Director of Washington, D.C. operations and business growth for Bigelow Aerospace.
  • John Logsdon—Professor emeritus at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.
  • Elliot Pulham—Chief executive officer of the Space Foundation.
  • Tom Shelly—President of Space Adventures, Ltd.
  • Robert Walker—Former chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Host & Moderator

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson—Astrophysicist and The Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium.