Robert M. Walker Distinguished Lecture Series Colloquium
The Space Studies Board in collaboration with the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board will soon begin a major study of the goals and technical requirements of human exploration beyond low earth orbit after 2020. The study, which was commissioned by the Senate, will look at least 25 years ahead. In preparation for this responsibility, Dr. Kennel has endeavored to gather his own thoughts about what human space exploration has and has not achieved in the past 50-odd years, and the evolution in philosophical and management thinking needed to make the leap from the Apollo era to the middle of the 21st century. The principle question is, can human space exploration be sustained over the long periods of time required, and if so, what will it take? The possible answers have technological, social, economic, and political dimensions. During the time of discussion, Dr. Kennel welcomes suggestions for overaching goals for human space exploration that could motivate an enduring commitment in the same way that basic questions do for the space sciences.
Speaker: Dr. Charles F. Kennel, University of California, San Diego, Chair of National Academies Space Studies Board