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To the moon, Mars, and beyond: Space exploration and public policy

February 23 @ 14:00 - 15:00

American Enterprise Institute
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET

A video livestream will be available on this page starting at 2:00pm on February 23rd. Please scroll down to view.

For decades, a prevailing sentiment in America has been that the money spent on the space race would be better spent on domestic problems. As a result, the US space program has not fulfilled its potential for several decades. But this perspective is shortsighted; many technologies we take for granted came from midcentury investments in the space program, and there is no telling what innovations we forego by failing to support space exploration today.

Fortunately, private actors have begun revitalizing the US space program, and the public sphere has also shown a renewed interest. This panel discusses why America should renew its commitment to exploring space and the actions policymakers and private actors should take to facilitate America’s return to the final frontier.

LIVE Q&A: Submit questions to John.Konicki@aei.org or on Twitter with #AskAEIEcon.

 

Agenda

2:00 PM
Introduction:
James Pethokoukis, DeWitt Wallace Fellow, AEI

2:05 PM
Discussion

Panelists:
Tim Fernholz, Senior Reporter, Quartz
Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stan Veuger, Resident Scholar, AEI
Matthew C. Weinzierl, Joseph and Jacqueline Elbling Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Moderator:
James Pethokoukis, DeWitt Wallace Fellow, AEI

2:50 PM
Q&A

3:00 PM
Adjournment

Contact Information

Event: John Konicki | John.Konicki@aei.org
Media: MediaServices@aei.org | 202.862.5829

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Organizer

American Enterprise Institute
Website:
aei.org

Venue

Online