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SSI 50: The Space Settlement Enterprise

Date: 9-10 September 2019

Location: The Museum of Flight 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA, US, 98108

The conference is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, which launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.

2019 also marks the 50th anniversary of the “High Frontier” concept created by Princeton physics professor and SSI founder Gerard O’Neill. As NASA was preparing for the Moon landing, Professor O’Neill asked an intriguing question: “Is the surface of a planet the best place for an expanding technological civilization?”

After careful study and consideration, O’Neill came to a remarkable conclusion: It was possible to build large space habitats, each housing more than a million people, using materials readily available from the Moon or asteroids. A fleet of such habitats could house more people than are currently living on the surface of the Earth.

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