Status Report

NASA Next Generation Exploration Conference

By SpaceRef Editor
August 4, 2006
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NASA Next Generation Exploration Conference

August 16-18, 2006
Ames Research Center
Mountain View, California
Registration deadline: July 21,

The Next Generation Exploration Conference will bring together emerging leaders, students, and early-career professionals with a keen interest in manned spaceflight. This conference will act as a planning session to develop strategies for human space exploration in the 21st century, as humanity prepares to return to Earth’s nearest neighbor in space: the Moon.

The Next Generation Exploration Conference has been created to follow-on to NASA’s Exploration Strategy Workshop that was held in April in Washington, DC. The focus of the original workshop was to develop a strategy for lunar exploration—why are we going, and what are we going to do once we get there.

NASA is now interested in adding to the base created at the Washington workshop by obtaining the input of early-career scientists, engineers, professionals, and students. As the April Exploration Strategy Workshop focused on the first 20 years of lunar exploration, this conference will comment on those proceedings and then focus on the destinations beyond. It is this group that will be developing the exploration technologies and living on the Moon. These are the people that have the biggest stake in lunar exploration and beyond.

The Next Generation Exploration Conference will focus on all topics that bear on the future of America’s space program beyond the Moon. These topics include science and technology, international cooperation and relations, communication, human exploration systems, the role of a national space program, and education and outreach.

Each participant in the conference has been hand-selected from four major categories—NASA center civil servants and contractors, students, industry and non-governmental organizations, and the international community. Space exploration should be a world-wide effort, so input from international partners is especially important.

It is the intent of the event coordinators that the discussion and development of the exploration strategy will continue past the three days of the conference. It is foreseen that a community will develop among the participants to debate and to grow their ideas into fruition.

SpaceRef staff editor.