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2011 American Astronautical Society Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium--Roger Launius, National Air and Space Museum

2011 American Astronautical Society Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium--Roger Launius, National Air and Space Museum

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    • How We Got Where We Are:
      40 Years of Planning…
      Roger D. Launius
      National Air and Space Museum
      Smithsonian Institution
    • 2
      Sixty Years Ago…
      • Human Earth orbital flights
      • Winged reusable spacecraft
      • Permanently inhabited space station
      • Human lunar exploration
      • Human expeditions to Mars
    • Fifty Years Ago…
    • Forty Years Ago…
      $25.4 billion cost.
      Six successful landings, 1969-1972.
      Three circumlunar flights (Apollo 8, 10, 13).
      Technological advance pathbreaking.
      Scientific return astounding.
    • What Do We Do for an Encore?
      Space Task Group Report, 1969.
      Space Shuttle, approved 1972.
      Space Station, approved 1984.
      Return to Moon.
      Mars expedition.
      Space Exploration Initiative, July 1989.
      Back to the Moon, and on to Mars.
      Vision for Space Exploration, January 2004.
      Back to the Moon, on to Mars, and retire Space Shuttle.
      Space Exploration in the 21st Century, April 2010. 
      Emphasize ISS, commercial cargo and crew, R&D.
    • Build a Spaceplane
      Thirty Years Ago…
    • Ten Years Ago…
      Then Build a Space Station…
    • A Few Great Accomplishments
    • Tragedies: Challenger 1986 and Columbia 2003
    • Expectations
      12
      Expectations…A Dual Edged Sword
    • Where’s My Jetpack?
    • Historic Drivers for Exploration
      God
      Gold
      Glory
    • Are We on the Verge of 2001: A Space Odyssey?
      Might we Incorporate LEO into
      normal human activities?