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The New Golden Age of Space Exploration

Friday, June 30, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST

Humans are heading back to the moon…and this time, they have plans to stay. National and international space agencies, and private enterprise, are joining forces with the goal of establishing a permanent lunar base that could serve as a training ground and stepping stone for human exploration of Mars. In the next two decades, probes will reach every planet in our solar system, and a new generation of telescopes will answer some of the most fundamental questions in cosmology, including whether planets elsewhere in our galaxy can sustain life.

Brian Greene is joined by leading scientists – Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s former head scientist; Aude Vignelles, Chief Technology Officer of the Australia Space Agency; Masaki Fujimoto, Deputy Director of the Japan Space Exploration Agency and Kirsten MacDonnell of the European Space Agency’s Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration – to explore this new Golden Age of Space Exploration.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

The live program was presented at the 2023 World Science Festival Brisbane, hosted by the Queensland Museum.


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Masaki FujimotoAstronomer

Dr. Masaki Fujimoto is Deputy Director General of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. He joined JAXA in 2006 as a Professor of Department …

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Kirsten MacDonellEngineer

Kirsten is the Research and Payloads Group Lead at the European Space Agency’s Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration. In that role, she leads a team of expert scientists and …

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Aude VignellesEngineer

Aude is the Chief Technology Officer of the Australian Space Agency. where she is responsible for developing the agency’s technical \ strategy, defining the scope of its space programs, and …

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Thomas ZurbuchenLead Scientist

From October 2016 until the end of 2022, Thomas Zurbuchen was the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. The directorate’s stated mission is to find answers to …

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