Space: Open For Business

Date/Time
Date(s) - 04/27/18
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Location
Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs


 

Space: Open For Business

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Deborah E. Barnhart, President, U.S. Space & Rocket Center; Christian Davenport, Staff Writer, The Washington Post. Moderated by Michelle B. Larson, President and CEO, Adler Planetarium.

 

Once a theater of Cold War rivalry, space has today become the venue for a new competition between nations, corporations, and trailblazing billionaires. As the US government’s budget for space exploration has decreased, so has ended its monopoly on access to space, paving the way for commercial operators to launch satellites and supply research missions. In the years ahead these private endeavors are likely to push the envelope further, sending tourists into orbit, mining asteroids, and, perhaps one day, colonizing the cosmos. Will the costs and risks of commercial space initiatives produce astronomical rewards? Or will technical challenges and legal obstacles bring these private space pioneers back down to earth?

Copies of Christian Davenport’s new book Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.

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Deborah E. Barnhart

President, U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Deborah E. Barnhart is the chief executive officer and executive director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Center is the largest spaceflight museum in the world, serves as the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and is home to the U.S. Space Camp. Barnhart’s career spans four decades of service in commercial industry, government, aerospace, and defense, and she is the recipent of NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal. She holds an MBA from MIT and a PhD from Vanderbilt University.

 

 

Michelle B. Larson

 

 

Michelle B. Larson

President and CEO, Adler Planetarium

An accomplished astrophysicist with a passion for science education, Larson is the Adler’s ninth leader. As president of America’s first planetarium, she oversees a twenty-first century space science center that includes the institution’s landmark museum complex, exhibition galleries, and three theaters, a robust research enterprise, one of the world’s leading collections documenting the history of science, and an award-winning education and outreach program. Larson earned her undergraduate degree and PhD from Montana State University.

 

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