Press Release

NAE Annual Meeting Examines Apollo Legacy, Future of Human Space Flight

By SpaceRef Editor
October 1, 2019
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National Academy of Engineering members will gather Oct. 6-7 in Washington, D.C., to induct new members and welcome distinguished speakers who will discuss the legacy of the Apollo missions and the implications for future human space flight exploration, workforce development, and public engagement.

The public program begins at noon EDT Sunday, Oct. 6, and features speeches by NAE Chair Gordon R. England, and NAE President John L. Anderson, president, National Academy of Engineering, as well as two plenary speeches:

•    The Apollo Experience – Thomas P. Stafford, former NASA astronaut and lieutenant general, U.S. Air Force (retired)
•    Humans Go to Mars – Charles F. Bolden Jr., former NASA administrator and major general, U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

On Monday, Oct. 7, beginning at 9:45 a.m. EDT, a forum will present a panel discussion moderated by Deanne Bell, TV host and founder/CEO, Future Engineers. In addition to Bolden and Stafford, panelists are:

•    Robert L. Crippen, captain, U.S. Navy (retired), and former president, Thiokol Propulsion
•    Christopher J. Ferguson, test pilot astronaut and CST-100 Starliner director of crew and mission systems, Commercial Crew Program, Boeing
•    Hans Koenigsmann, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX
•    Sandra H. Magnus, principal, AstroPlanetview

The public sessions will take place in the Fred Kavli Auditorium at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. The full meeting agenda is available here. Reporters who wish to attend must register in advance (contacts listed below). Those who cannot attend the public sessions may view a live video webcast here.  

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit organization established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. The NAE’s mission is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

Randy Atkins
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Brandon Green
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SpaceRef staff editor.