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The Future of Human Space Exploration:                                                     To book this lectures, please contact us.

What does the future hold for human space exploration? Our lecturers from the leading space agencies and research institutions will discuss the challenges and opportunities for space travel and the role of science and research over the coming years and distant future.

Space holds essentially limitless potential to address profound questions of our existence and push the limits of exploration and innovation. Space science continues to generate extraordinary breakthroughs, whether roving Mars or discovering new worlds, while also helping to drive public interest in science through blockbuster movies and other pop culture. Unlike other areas of science such as medical research or ground-based astronomy, space-based science has to date been an entirely government-funded endeavor.

Purpose:
To give a holistic overview of future space exploration.We will cover history, methods of exploration, current debates surrounding its implementation, technology (what we have and what is needed), and the hazards of such endeavors - that is, both the critical dangers as well as the misconceptions spurred by popular media. The purpose of this lectures is to foster a love and a sense of admiration for space exploration.

Audience:
This course will be tailored to anyone, of any major and of any background, that is interested and passionate about space exploration.


Solar System: Future Exploration

Human or unmanned missions?
Should we build them in space, or on the Moon?
Propelling spacecraft: Need to increase speed (currently 10's of thousands of km/h, but progress could be quick), without heavy fuel; Over the next few years, NASA will develop a fleet of nuclear-powered spacecraft; Electric ion propulsion has been successfully tested; Solar sails that propel spacecraft by reflecting sunlight (rather than absorbing), NASA has tested engines propelled by methane, abundant in the outer solar system; Plasmas? Matter-antimatter?
Dangers faced by spacecraft: Radiation and cosmic rays, bursts of energy from the Sun, human-made debris, speedy meteoroids; Landing conditions.
Communicating with spacecraft: Currently handled for NASA by the Deep Space Network, managed by JPL.
Plans: Return to the Moon and establish bases;

Beyond the Solar System: Possibilities for Interstellar Exploration

Could we travel to interstellar space? The trip is too long for one crew (right now it would take 50,000 yr!), but scientists are discussing the possibility of several generation-long trips, including what the crew should be like, how their language would change over the hundreds of years the trip would take, how to communicate with them, ...
Time travel: Can we circumvent the speed of light limit by non-conventional means? Wormholes and warp drive? Hyperspace? And then? Who would we meet out there?

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