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"Are We Lost in Space?"

Friday, October 28, 2011 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

B17 Upson Hall

Retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corp.
Former member of the President’s Council of Advisors on
Science and Technology, under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush

America’s human spaceflight program is in many respects at a
crossroads. The initial competitive force driving that program was the
Soviet space effort. Today, in contrast, Russia provides the only means
America will have to put astronauts in space for the next half-dozen years.
The competition within the U.S. between robotic discovery and human
exploration continues—as does the danger of setting goals substantially
greater than the means available to achieve them.

Several major independent studies have been conducted over the years
seeking to point the way forward. It was the author’s privilege to
participate in two of these reviews requested by the White House,
including the most recent one.

The public is welcome.

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