Space Symposium

Stellar Panel to Explore "The Search for Life in the Universe"

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The Space Foundation has assembled an impressive panel for its 30th Space Symposium session “The Search for Life in the Universe.” This in-depth discussion by some of the leading thinkers and academics in the fields of astrophysics and astronomy will reveal insights by panelists (right, from top to bottom):

  • Dave Gallagher, Director for Astronomy and Physics, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • John M. Grunsfeld, Ph.D., Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • John C. Mather, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, Senior Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope, NASA
  • Matt Mountain, Ph.D., Director, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Sara Seager, Ph.D., MacArthur Fellow, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The panel will be moderated by Blake Bullock (not pictured), Director, Civil Air and Space, Business & Advanced Systems Development Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

“It is extraordinary to be able to bring together the greatest minds in their respective fields to discuss why recent progress in astrophysics and space technologies makes this a unique time in our history to conduct such a search,” said Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham. “These are the thought leaders who can translate complex concepts into language we can all fully understand, and interpret the implications for future generations.” 

The 30th Space Symposium is slated for May 19-22 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. Widely known as the most important worldwide space industry conference, the Space Symposium annually attracts more than 9,000 participants.  

With presentations and panel discussions covering every facet of the global space community, the Space Symposium will feature the latest space technology, equipment and services in the Boeing Exhibit Center. There will also be special events and programs for New Generation Space Leaders, international guests, educators, students and corporate partners.

Register Now
The 30th Space Symposium is preceded by a full-day cyberspace conference, Cyber 1.4 on Monday, May 19, at The Broadmoor Hotel. Cyber 1.4 requires separate registration, and a substantial discount is available when combined with Space Symposium registration.

A discount is currently available on standard industry registration, if paid by April 25, 2014. The Space Symposium website provides information in 71 languages, and includes the complete agenda and speakers list, plus registration information.

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The Space Symposium officially kicks off Monday evening, May 19, with a spectacular opening ceremony, co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman. Other co-sponsors include: a.i. solutionsAeroflex Microelectronic Solutions; Aerojet RocketdyneAirbus Group, Inc.ArianespaceATKBall Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; Booz Allen HamiltonColorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR); El Pomar Foundation; Exelis; Government Executive Media GroupIntelsat General CorporationLockheed MartinMetiSpace Technologies, Inc.Millennium Engineering and Integration CompanyMoog Inc.Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC); PAERaytheonScitor Corporation; Secure World Foundation; SES Government Solutions; SLS and Orion Industry Team; Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC); SpaceXSpincraftSSLStellar Solutions,Inc.; The Boeing CompanyThe SI OrganizationUnited Launch Alliance; and Universities Space Research Association (USRA)Aviation WeekSatNews Publishers; SpaceNews and TechBriefs Media Group are media partners.

This article is part of Space Watch: April 2014 (Volume: 13, Issue: 4).