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The New Space Race: Who will own the stars? - Livestream

American Experience presents a virtual PAST FORWARD conversation around the history of space exploration, and what the future of space travel and tourism might look like. This event is inspired by our streaming documentary films Chasing the Moon and Space Men.

As the Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic space programs successfully send civilians to space for the first time, new questions about space travel have arisen. Who gets to go to space? Is space travel only for the rich? Why are we so fascinated by space, and where are we going next?

The conversation will examine what drives us to explore space, the scientific innovation we’ve harnessed to get there, how we continue to push these physical limits in our quest for Mars, and who gets to participate in space exploration.

Featured guests include:

Roger Launius - former NASA chief historian and Principal of Launius Historical Services

Anna Voelker - Project Lead for Mission: AstroAccess, Executive Director of the SciAccess Initiative, and Executive Director of the Aspen Science Center

Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides - Co-Creator of Yuri’s Night and Lead Trainer at SpaceKind

The discussion will be moderated by Jermaine Fowler, creator and host of The Humanity Archive.

The event will be streamed live on American Experience’s YouTube andFacebook pages.

Thursday, 08/19/21


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