The Future of Science in Space


The launch of Sputnik in 1957 ignited the Space Race, which culminated in the monumental scientific achievements of the Apollo Moon landings. Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the space industry and space science have dramatically changed scope. The search for inhabitable planets and life beyond Earth is driving technological developments and unprecedented partnerships. Private industry, including start-up space companies, has a more visible role, and international collaboration alleviates many funding concerns. Speakers at this panel discuss the role of private industry in space exploration, the search for inhabitable planets using satellites and autonomous vehicles, and the future of international partnerships.