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Published on Mar 8, 2010
The 10th annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate— Moon, Mars and Beyond: Where next for the manned space program? — will take place at the American Museum of Natural History on March 15, 2010 and is presented, in part, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Sapce and the 75th anniversary of the opening of the original Hayden Planetarium.
Where to go next is one of the hottest topics for NASAs manned program. Should we proceed straight to Mars, should we return to the Moon, or should multiple destinations be the goal? Central to the debate are thorny issues that relate to science, launch hardware, international competition, national security, shrinking budgets, and political will. The Obama administrations recent decision to indefinitely delay the next voyage to the Moon while simultaneously planning a new launch vehicle makes this Asimov Debate particularly topical and newsworthy.
Moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, this years Asimov Memorial Debate will include panelists Kenneth Ford (Institute for Human & Machine Cognition), Lester Lyles (United States Air Force), Paul Spudis (Lunar and Planetary Institute), Steven Squyres (Cornell University) and Robert Zubrin (Mars Society).