Status Report

National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference: Benefits of Space Exploration

By SpaceRef Editor
April 19, 2005
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General Information

Document Type: Special Notice
Solicitation Number: NASA-SNOTE-050419-001
Posted Date: Apr 19, 2005
Original Response Date:
Current Response Date:
Original Archive Date: Apr 19, 2006
Current Archive Date: Apr 19, 2006
Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous

Contracting Office Address

NASA – Headquarters, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD), 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001


The National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference will be held May 19-22, 2005, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Va. NASA is an official sponsor of the conference and Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Craig Steidle is the opening lunch speaker on Thursday, May 19. Burt Rutan will open the conference Thursday morning and Dr. James Garvin, NASA’s chief scientist, will also speak. With the theme “Your Ticket to Space,” the conference will highlight new opportunities for citizens to participate in space exploration?and to realize its benefits on Earth! NASA is running a “Benefits of Space Exploration” track. Speakers from many walks of life will present stories of how space exploration led to products that benefit people on Earth, such as:

– Space suit technology that has given children afflicted with an unusual disease a new lease on life.
– Technology used to monitor astronaut health in space that has been used by doctors to help treat people in remote regions across the globe.
– Microspheres that have been used by industry to clean up major oil spills.
– Digital implantable hearing aid technology that has restored hearing to over 60,000 people.

To learn more and to register, visit

Point of Contact

Barry Epstein, Innovative Partnerships Program Benefits Manager, Phone (202) 358-4434, Fax (202) 358-4166, Email – Derek Wang, Informations and Communications Coordinator, Phone (202) 358-5185, Fax (202) 358-2815, Email Email your questions to Barry Epstein at

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