On the Launchpad:
Return to Deep Space

May 16, 2017
Washington, DC

Nothing excites the mind and sparks our curiosity like space. As programs like New Horizons push to the edge of our solar system, private companies have reignited the next generation space race. And as the red planet has grabbed our attention, what combination of players and technologies will have to come together to make a successful mission to Mars?

The Atlantic surveyed a shifting landscape of new technologies, exploring the cosmos by gathering experts on the growing space industry and the future of space and extraterrestrial travel. Where will the next space race take us, what are the challenges facing the mission and what do we need to know, build and create to get there?

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Atlantic Live



  • Tuesday, May 16
  • 1:30 p.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 1:35 p.m.The Future for NASARobert Lightfoot, Acting Administrator, NASA
    With Alison Stewart,Contributor, AtlanticLIVE
  • 2:00 p.m.Making the Checklist Ellen Stofan, Former Chief Scientist, NASA
    With Ross Andersen, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 2:30 p.m.The Tools for the TaskChris Carberry, CEO and Co-Founder, Explore Mars, Inc.
    Robert Zubrin, Founder and President, Mars Society
    Mary Lynne Dittmar, Executive Director, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
    With Alexis Madrigal, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • 3:00 p.m.The View from The HillSenator Ted Cruz (R-TX); Chairman, US Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness
    With Ross Andersen, The Atlantic
  • 3:25 p.m.Preparing the Body and MindSheyna Gifford, Member, HI SEAS IV
    Kris Lehnhardt, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Michael Lopez-Alegria, Principal, MLA Space, LLC; Former Astronaut, NASA
    With Alison Stewart, AtlanticLIVE
  • 3:50 p.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, AtlanticLIVE


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