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France A. Córdova
President, Purdue University

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The Next 50 Years in Space: Inspiring A New Generation To Reach For The Stars

The first 50 years of space exploration were accomplished by people who were inspired to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The average age of people working in mission control during the Apollo 11 moon mission was 26. They were children of the space age, who were starting high school when Sputnik was launched into space and into a global spotlight. At the dawn of a new century that should push the boundaries of knowledge far beyond the "surly bonds of earth," the United States finds relatively fewer students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. Who will challenge our present boundaries in science and space? A compelling national vision as well as innovative partnerships between universities and industries are required to inspire a new generation to reach for the stars.

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Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories
California Institute of Technology
Northrop Grumman Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Conference Chairs

Jean-Lou Chameau
President, California Institute of Technology
Alexis Livanos
President, Northrop Grumman Space Technology
Charles Elachi
Director, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Conference Organizers
Ares Rosakis
Director GALCIT, California Institute of Technology
Dwight Streit
Vice President, Foundation Technologies Northrop Grumman Space Technology


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