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SpaceX Falcon launch on February 6, 2018
No longer the exclusive domain of government entities such as NASA and other national agencies, space exploration is rapidly becoming privatized, with entrepreneurial startups building huge rocket boosters, satellites, rocket engines, asteroid probes and prospecting craft, and even commercial lunar cargo landers to open this new frontier. Research into ever-more sophisticated propulsion and life support systems will soon enable the journey to Mars and destinations deeper in our solar system, and the ability for everyday citizens to become engaged—through direct participation and investment—will revolutionize how we engage spaceflight.
As these technologies continue to move forward, what does the future hold for space exploration? Space historian, journalist and editor of Ad Astra magazine Rod Pyle, in collaboration with the National Space Society, provides an inside look at the next few decades of spaceflight and long-term plans for exploration, utilization, and settlement.
From NASA, the Chinese space agency CNSA, and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, to emerging leaders in the private sector such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Moon Express, Virgin Galactic, and many others, Pyle examines the new partnerships that are revolutionizing spaceflight and changing the way we reach for the stars.
Pyle’s book, Space 2.0 (BenBella Books) is available for sale and signing.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)