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Big Island Students Get the Big Picture from the Space Foundation

Big Island Students Get the Big Picture from the Space Foundation Students from the University of Hawaii at Hilo's space studies seminar program enjoyed an information-packed lecture and question-and-answer session about the global space industry April 23 with Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Holokauahi Pulham - himself a native of the "Big Island" of Hawai'i who attended UH Hilo as a college freshman.

Linked via the distance learning center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pulham covered a wide range of space-related topics, citing recently reported information from The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity.

Pulham talked about the dramatic increase in commercial space ventures, which now comprise 67 percent of the global space economy; the significant impact space has on our everyday lives – from weather forecasting to HD TV to nutritional supplements developed from “space food;” the growing international involvement in space and the need for increased international cooperation and collaboration; the potential space has to stimulate the economy; the promising outlook for space employment; and the challenges the U.S. faces in educating future scientists. 

The lecture was part of UH-Hilo's space studies seminar program, supervised by Dr. Robert Fox, Professor of Physics and Deputy Director of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems on the UH-Hilo campus.

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