Future Forum at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, January 25, 2008

“NASA leadership, astronauts, scientists, and engineers along with local business, technology and academic leaders and local, state and federal officials discuss the role of space exploration in advancing science, engineering, technology, education and the economy that benefits your community and the nation. The program features an exciting preview of NASA’s Constellation Program – America’s return to the Moon and beyond.”
NASA web site

Dates and locations of additional future forums:

  • February 21, 2008 – Future Forum in Columbus, OH
  • March 25 – 26, 2008 – NASA Future Forum in TBD
  • April 18, 2008 – Future Forum in Miami, FL
  • Week of May 12, 2008 – Future Forum in San Francisco, CA Bay Area
  • September 18, 2008 – NASA Future Forum in Boston, MA
  • October 2 – 3, 2008 – NASA Future Forum in Chicago, IL

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NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale
Highlights of the Seattle future forum?

  • By 2020, NASA hopes to have people living “off the land” on the moon and is developing rocket systems to get there.

“Unlike an earlier era, we’re going back to the moon to stay,” Dale said. “The outpost on the moon will be a toehold to further exploration, a place where we will stay for long periods of time and learn how to live and work and conduct science.”- NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale

  • NASA’s other big mission is to put a human footprint on Mars, but the agency has no deadline more specific than within the “next five decades.” A trip to Mars and back would take about three years, Dale said.
  • One of space exploration’s biggest obstacles is the cost — for 2008, the agency has requested $17.3 billion from Congress.
  • Dale spoke Friday about the “space economy” — the 1,500-plus technologies that have worked themselves into everyday life, including satellite radio and cell phones.
  • She pointed out that just six-tenths of 1 percent of the federal budget goes to the space program.

“Our mission is not to create commercial products or to stimulate the economy, although our work often has those effects,” she said. “Our focus is not on health care or medical research for the general public, yet we have made significant contributions in those areas.”

“Let’s face it,” Dale said. “It all begins with education, and because it is so exiting and so cool, space exploration inspires kids to go into science and math and engineering.”

Read a story about the Seattle future forum here.


~ by tellinghistory on January 25, 2008.

One Response to “Future Forum at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, January 25, 2008”

  1. This seems to be a great thing… making an outpost on the moon will be a dream come true. Imagine the implication on that one. NASA can really make a business on this one.. let say a millionaire would like to spend a three day vacation on the moon.

    Sam Milby
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