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Space Studies Board Colloquium "Space Science: 50 Years and Counting"

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008

Location: Washington, DC, US,

Space Studies Board Colloquium "Space Science: 50 Years and Counting" Join the Space Studies Board for its upcoming colloquium, "Space and Earth Science: 50 Years and Counting," on June 26, 2008, in Washington, D.C. The SSB will be capping its year-long celebration of the 50th anniversaries of the space age, the International Geophysical Year, and the SSB with an all-day colloquium at the National Academy of Sciences.

The colloquium will run from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and will feature two sessions.

The morning session will consist of retrospective and prospective policy-oriented discussions that will include perspectives from Congressman Alan B. Mollohan, Chair of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, House Appropriations Committee, who will deliver a keynote address on "Space and Earth Science - A View from Capitol Hill", and from past leaders of the SSB and the Board's incoming chair.

The afternoon session will include forward-looking assessments of successes, short-falls, opportunities and challenges in the sciences. This session will revolve around a series of town-hall-format interactions between the audience and panelists about applying lessons from the first 50 years of space exploration to hopes and aspirations for the next 50 years in four areas of space research. These areas are astrophysics and space physics, microgravity life and physical sciences, planetary exploration and astrobiology, and Earth sciences.

The day will conclude with a special lecture about exploring space with humans and robots.

For more information about the colloquium, including online registration and a detailed schedule of events, visit

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please e-mail them to Ian Pryke at

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