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National Research Council Space Studies Board 2010 Workshop

By SpaceRef Editor
September 27, 2010
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Sharing the Adventure with the Public – The Value and Excitement of “Grand Questions” of Space Science and Exploration

November 8-10, 2010

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center Auditorium
100 Academy Drive
Irvine, California

Over the past 50 years NASA has advanced our knowledge of Earth, the solar system, and the universe; expanded human presence in space; and searched for evidence of life elsewhere. These accomplishments arguably have been motivated by five “Grand Questions”:

1. Understanding the universe: How did it begin and how is it evolving?
2. Are we alone?
3. Understanding the solar system: How did it begin and how is it evolving?
4. Earth: Will it remain a hospitable home for humanity in the future?
5. What could the future hold for humans in space?

NASA will continue to address these questions in the coming decades, largely through science and exploration missions. While doing so, a key goal will remain of successfully conveying to the public an understanding of and an appreciation for this quest for knowledge.

The Space Studies Board’s 2010 Workshop will explore both how these grand questions focus of the nation’s space research program and how best to convey the value and excitement to the public. The workshop will bring together leading scientists and experts from the communications and social marketing sectors to share lessons learned and best practices. A summary of the workshop discussions will be released by the NRC.

For further information and to register for the workshop go to:

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SpaceRef staff editor.