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100 Year Starship: Interstellar Travel and Beyond

Private space exploration projects have made headlines recently with companies like Space X, Planetary Resources and Virgin Galactic, but the first woman of color in space, Dr. Mae Jemison, has grander ambitions. In 2012, under Dr. Jemison’s leadership, the “100 Year Starship” initiative received widespread media attention as well as seed funding from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). The goal of “100 Year Starship” is to enable human interstellar flight within the next 100 years and enhance life on earth through the application of interstellar research and technologies.

We'll talk about Dr. Jemison’s initial experiences with NASA & space travel, how the 100 Year Starship organization plans to tackle the enormity of this mission, the importance of inclusive grassroots involvement, as well as insights regarding the project’s technology initiatives, the potential application for health care, energy, power consumption and self-sustaining technologies in the future.

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  1. What are the largest scientific hurdles facing interstellar travel?
  2. What did we learn from the first wave of NASA space travel, and what was its implications for science and current technology?
  3. Based on existing technology (microprocessor speeds, etc) how much longer do we have to go?
  4. What are the challenges in getting the public to rally around such an ambitious goal?
  5. With DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) involved, how does this mission stay altruistic and not become militarized or politicized around a particular country?



lexi peters, Senior Public Relations Manager, The Barbarian Group

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