Learning To Live In Space: How, When, and Why?

For the more than four billion years of Earth’s existence orbiting the Sun, living things have been confined to exist in the environment that the Sun-Earth system has provided.
Learning To Live In Space: How, When, and Why?
Thursday, July 6th | 10:00 am
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Center For Life Enrichment

For the more than four billion years of Earth’s existence orbiting the Sun, living things have been confined to exist in the environment that the Sun-Earth system has provided. Living organisms have adjusted to match the changing Earth environment.

During the millions of years of existence of human beings on the Earth, the option of living in an extraterrestrial environment has never been possible. In just over the past 50 years, humans have developed a space exploration technology that not only permits us to leave the planet of our birth, but opens the possibility of living away from the Earth in space or on another planet or moon, opening up a new horizon of possibility for exploration, discovery and colonization. In this session, we will talk about this incredible period of time in which we live, how and when we might take the step of extraterrestrial life and why such a choice might be made either in America or as an international quest for the people of the Earth.

Presenter: Charles Richard (Rick) Chappell was Associate Director for Science at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center where he served as the chief scientist for the center. He has directed research in solar terrestrial physics and has been a principal investigator on several satellite missions. From 1976 to 1985, Chappell was the mission scientist for Spacelab 1, a joint European/American shuttle mission. He is currently a Research Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University.

Cost: $25/$35

Coordinator: Barrett Hawk


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