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One Small Step Takes Mankind Nowhere
by Staff Writers
Nyack, NY (SPX) Jul 17, 2008

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We put a man on the Moon. Then settled back to watch the characters of sci-fi movies and TV shows make it look common place. Fun, but not quite the same as being there. The fact that we're over 35 years past the last time we walked on the Moon may make us think we've lost our cosmic mojo. The creators of the Space Frontier Foundation beg to differ.

The Space Frontier Foundation has dedicated 20 years to bringing about a new era, where "normal" people share in the exploration and experience of space. For three days this week, July 17 - 19 in Washington D.C., the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace 2008: Creating the Future or Living in the Past conference will focus on the enabling of technologies and activities that bring this new era closer.

"America is in a time of change," says Space Frontier Co-Founder Rick Tumlinson. "The American people are dissatisfied with the performance of the government in many areas, including space." Too many broken promises.

"Thanks to the privatization of the internet and other means of communication, new voices are being heard, and these voices are demanding a new future: a future in which they are not only included, but they can help create and lead."

"So, too, the privatization of space activities has allowed new minds and imaginations to be applied to the opening of the space frontier. The Space Frontier Foundation has always been at the forefront of this revolution - a revolution which will put the people of America in space and allows them the opportunity to apply their own minds and creativity to create the future they envision."

The focus of the conference on Thursday, July 17 will be Space Policy. Friday's focus will be Space Business, and Saturday's will be Space Vision. On Saturday evening, the conference will conclude with a special Arthur C. Clarke Tribute Banquet.

Participants include NASA, George Washington University, the X-Prize Foundation, SEDS, International Space University, Bigelow Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, Boeing Aerospace, and United Space Alliance (USA).

Come join in the discussion of how the NewSpace movement can tap into the larger revolution sweeping America and open the space frontier.


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