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The Future of the U.S. Space Program

Past Event

The Future of the U.S. Space Program

Darrell M. West, Adam Harris, Antonio Elias, John Roth, Michael Meyer, and Nadine Barlow

Space exploration has long captivated the public‘s imagination and been a symbol of American inventiveness and desire for discovery. But recently NASA has seen a steady decline in its federal funding for  space exploration and program advancement. In the wake of these budget cuts, the private sector is seeking to fill that void by developing independently funded vessels for space travel, exploration, and study. How will the addition of commercial space travel and privately funded space exploration affect the future of the U.S. space program?

On May 14, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted an event to discuss the future of the U.S. space program. The fifth annual A. Alfred Taubman Forum on Public Policy convened several panels of experts to discuss topics such as the economic benefits of private industry’s involvement, the scientific discoveries resulting from NASA’s continued space efforts and the potential for future exploration, and the government’s policies and decision making process. 

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The Impact of Private Investment into Space Exploration


Antonio Elias

Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer - Orbital Sciences Corporation


John Roth

Vice President, Business Development - Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems

The Scientific Community's Most Important New Discoveries


Nadine Barlow

Professor, Physics and Astronomy - Northern Arizona University

Government Space Program Policies and Choices

Introduction and Moderator

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