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Space professionals here for Human Spaceflight Forum, May 10

Several distinguished members of the U.S. space program, including the only scientist to walk on the moon, will participate in a Human Spaceflight Forum on Wednesday, May 10.

The free public event, sponsored by the Princeton Astrobiology Club, will feature a series of lectures from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Peyton Hall auditorium and a panel discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in McCosh 50. The purpose of the forum is to start a dialogue between Princeton students and faculty with space professionals, addressing NASA's new initiative to fly to the Moon and Mars in the coming decades.

Appearing will be two astronauts: Harrison Schmitt, a geologist who logged 22 hours on the moon as the Apollo 17 lunar module pilot; and Jim Wetherbee, a veteran of six space missions and commander of five. Also participating will be: Bill Parsons, deputy director of the Kennedy Space Center and former space shuttle program manager; and George Whitesides, a 1996 Princeton graduate who is executive director of the National Space Society, a citizen advocacy group.

Topics are expected to include scientific work, safety and the future of the U.S. space program and of space tourism. The afternoon lecturers will be joined in the evening panel discussion by Princeton faculty members Jeremy Kasdin, Tullis Onstott and Ed Turner.

For more information, contact David Smith or James Wray at

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