Humans vs.Robots – Who Should Explore Space?

Sunday June 24th, 2012
11:00 am
Ballroom C

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Bob Richards - is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Google Lunar X PRIZE competitors Odyssey Moon Ltd. and Moon Express, Inc., where he currently serves as CEO. As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company's technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. Bob is an evangelist of the "NewSpace" movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. Buy Bob Richards' SETIcon II Interview DVD
Tom Jones - Thomas D. Jones, PhD is a planetary scientist, author, and veteran NASA astronaut. On the last of his four space shuttle missions, Dr. Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. His current interests include asteroid exploration, the use of space resources, and planetary defense. Buy Tom Jones' SETIcon II Interview DVD
Cynthia PhillipsCynthia Phillips - a planetary geologist at the SETI Institute with experience in processing spacecraft images of the planets, She is particularly interested in active geologic processes on such worlds as Mars, Europa, Io, and Enceladus. Cynthia has also co-authored twelve popular-level books, including Space Exploration for Dummies, and is a public speaker and blogger on the subjects of astrobiology, the outer Solar System, and space exploration. In addition to her scientific interests, Dr. Phillips also leads two undergraduate research programs at the SETI Institute - the REU program in the summer, and the URSA program during the academic year.
Robert Picardo - Robert Picardo is a graduate of Yale University and has been a well-known actor on stage, screen, and television for over 25 years. Mr. Picardo is recognized around the globe for his popular role as the Holographic Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager. He also starred as Commander Woolsey on Stargate Atlantis, making him the only actor to play regular roles on both of television’s most enduring science fiction franchises. He is also well known for his roles on China Beach and The Wonder Years (for which he received an Emmy nomination), not to mention countless guest star appearances on other shows. Mr. Picardo has appeared in over 30 feature films and played leading roles on Broadway, including the son of legendary Jack Lemmon in Bernard Slade’s Tribute. He has performed at many of Southern California’s leading theaters and has been nominated for an Ovation award. Buy Robert Picardo's SETIcon II Interview DVD


Dale T. Andersen - The exploration of the Antarctic continent readily conjures up images of desolation. But for humans to survive there, they must be members of carefully planned, integrated teams. As the American leader of a joint US/Soviet expedition to Antarctica, biologist Dale Andersen spent six months with a multinational, multicultural crew in this remote, hostile environment, carrying out research relevant to the search for life on Mars. “In addition to the rigors of the local environment,” says Andersen, “we had to address the challenges of our differing cultures and languages.” Buy Dale Andersen's SETIcon II Interview DVD