Symposium at Framingham State To Explore the Intersection Between Space Exploration and Earth Sustainability

FRAMINGHAM – A major symposium titled “Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth: From Ideas to Action,” will be held at Framingham State University on Friday, Dec. 6, and feature an interdisciplinary group of scholars from Harvard University, MIT, Boston College, the U.S. Naval War College, Framingham State University and more.

The symposium is the concluding event for the 18-month Moon Landing in Context series organized by FSU’s Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.

“Whether you are concerned about Earth’s sustainability or you are galvanized by the prospective technological and economic advancements from space exploration, you should care about space sustainability,” said Dr. Irene Porro, director of the Moon Landing in Context project. “We define space sustainability as the secure, sustainable, and peaceful use of space for the benefit of planet earth and all its people. During this symposium, some of the top experts in their fields will consider how we can maximize the effectiveness of using space for addressing global challenges.”

The keynote speaker is Dr. Danielle Wood, from MIT’s Media Lab and the Space Enabled Research Group. She will give a presentation titled “The Role of Space Technology to Support Sustainable Development.”

Other presentations include a talk by Dr. Alissa Haddaji from Harvard University on “How to Protect the Earth from an Asteroid Impact, an Introduction to Planetary Defense,” and a talk from Dr. David Burbach from the U.S. Navy War College on seeking a sustainable space politics.

“At the end of the Moon Landing in Context’s 18-month exploration of the historical, social, cultural, political, and policy contexts of the Apollo era, this one-day symposium brings together a multidisciplinary group of renowned scholars to illustrate the urgency to focus on space sustainability,” said. Porro.

The symposium will run from 8:30 to 4 p.m. and include breakfast and lunch. Registration is required and there is a $25 fee for those who are not members of the FSU community.

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