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The Beyond Earth Institute Presents:
Artificial Gravity: From Cinema to Reality
Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
The Beyond Earth Institute (Beyond Earth) will be hosting a virtual policy event titled “Artificial Gravity: From Cinema to Reality” on January 18, 2023 from 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time via Zoom. The event is free with donations suggested. Tickets can be obtained at the following link: https://app.tickettailor.com/events/beyondearthinstitute/808542
As the global space community makes a return to the moon and sets its sight on Mars and beyond, an exciting new era of deep space, long-duration crewed space exploration and development is upon us. However, as promising as our journeys beyond Earth orbit will be, they will also carry significant health challenges for future explorers and pioneers – not least of which is body-degrading long-term exposure to microgravity. As a recent NASA Ames study concluded, one promising countermeasure for upcoming deep space missions is artificial gravity aboard journey-bound craft.
The concept is far from novel. From Discovery’s rotating centrifuge in “2001: A Space Odyssey” to Mark Whitney’s Mars-bound Hermes in “The Martian,” artificial gravity in space has long been in the public imagination. Scientists have been studying the concept since the start of the Space Age; and, though it didn’t come to fruition, there were even formal efforts to include an artificial gravity module - the “Nautilus X” – on the International Space Station. Today, innovative companies such as Gravitics are actively developing stations designed around the artificial gravity environment.
The future expansion of humanity into the depths of the solar system will very likely rely on artificial gravity, and the time is ripe to start demonstrating the capability. This Beyond Earth panel brings together the leading experts and executives studying and deploying artificial gravity in space for a compelling conversation on the opportunities and challenges involved in the technology, as well as the vision for its future.
Moderator: Mike DeRosa, Marketing and Media, Co-Founder, Gravitics
Tarek Waked, Founding Partner, Type One Ventures
Peter Garretson, Head, Space Horizons Research Task Force
Dr. Janani Iyer, Research Scientist, USRA/NASA Ames, Author of Cells Report
Dr. Siddhita Mhatre, Senior Scientist, KBR/NASA Ames, Author of Cells Report