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NASA 50th

NASA's First 50 Years: A Historical Perspective
300 E Street SW
Washington, DC 20546


Day 1 Tuesday, October 28, 2008   Mars Lander
Opening  
  Opening Remarks Steven Dick
(NASA Chief Historian)
9:00 Keynote 1: NASA at 50 Michael Griffin
(NASA Administrator)
9:30 Keynote 2: Inside NASA at 50 Howard McCurdy
(American University)
     
Session I Cross-Cutting Themes  
  Session I Chair Steven Dick
(NASA Chief Historian)
10:00 Fifty Years of NASA Administrators: Continuity and Change W. H. Lambright
(Syracuse University)
10:30 Space Access: NASA’s Role in Developing Core Launch-Vehicle Technologies J. D. Hunley
11:00 NASA’s International Relations in Space John Krige
(Georgia Institute of Technology)
11:30 NASA and the Public Linda Billings
(SETI Institute)
   
Session II Aeronautics  
  Session II Chair

Stephen Garber (NASA HQ)

1:00 The Critical Transition from NACA to NASA: A Prosopographical Analysis James Hansen
(Auburn University)
1:30 NASA Aeronautics: A Half-Century of Accomplishments Tony Springer
(NASA HQ)
2:00 Evolution of Aeronautics Research Methodology Rob Ferguson
2:30 NACA, NASA, and the Supersonic-Hypersonic Frontier Richard P. Hallion
(National Air and Space Museum)

   

Session III Human Spaceflight and Life Sciences

 
  Session III Chair Jennifer Ross-Nazzal (Johnson Space Center)  
3:00 50 Years of Human Spaceflight: Problems and Achievements John Logsdon
(George Washington University)
 
3:30 From the Secret of Apollo to the Lessons of Failure: The Uses and Abuses of Systems Engineering at NASA Stephen Johnson
(University of Colorado and NASA)
 
       
Day 2 Wednesday, October 29, 2008    
Session III (continued)    
9:00 The 'Von Braun Paradigm' and NASA's
Long-Term Planning for Human Spaceflight
Michael Neufeld
(National Air and Space Museum)
 
09:30 Life Sciences and Human Spaceflight Maura Mackowski  
Session IV Space Science    
  Session IV Chair Erik Conway
(JPL)
 
10:00 Keynote 3: Voyages to Mars Laurence Bergreen  
10:30 Space Science and Disciplinary Change David DeVorkin
(National Air and Space Museum)
 
11:00 Planetary Astronomy in the Inner Solar System Joseph Tatarewicz
(University of Maryland Baltimore County)
 
11:30 NASA’s Grand Tours of the Outer Solar System Michael Meltzer  
12:00 Deep-Space Navigation, Astronomy,
and Geodesy: A Symbiotic Relationship
Andrew Butrica  
       
Session V Earth Science and Applications    
  Session V Chair Glen Asner (NASA GSFC)  
2:00 The Development of NASA’s Earth Science Program, 1972-2006

Ed Goldstein
(NASA HQ)

 
2:30 Earth Observations from Space:
Achievements, Challenges and Realities
James Fleming
(Colby College)
 
3:00 Planetary Science and Earth Science:
A Symbiotic Relationship
Erik Conway
(JPL)
 
3:30 Keynote 4: Exploration, Discovery and
Culture: NASA's Role in History
Steven Dick
(NASA Chief Historian)
 
       
       
 
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