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Saturday, September 28 • 9:30am - 10:30am
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Fifty years after Apollo 11, what’s the trajectory of our space program?

Presented by and programmed in partnership with Texas Monthly. Supported by Silicon Labs.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 28. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

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Eric Benson

Senior Editor at Texas Monthly
Benson joined Texas Monthly as a senior editor in 2018 after reporting for the publication for four years. He also wrote” Underdog,” a podcast about the 2018 Texas race for U.S. Senate. In 2017, his cover story on immunologist James P. Allison won best profile at the National... Read More →

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Douglas Brinkley

Professor of History at Rice University and CNN Presidential Historian
Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, presidential historian for CNN and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. He is the author of several award-winning books, including "The Great Deluge" and "Cronkite." Brinkley also served as editor of "The Reagan... Read More →
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Lori Garver

Former Deputy Administrator of NASA and CEO of Earthrise Alliance
Garver was the deputy administrator of NASA from 2009 to 2013, when she left the position to become general manager of the Air Line Pilots Association. Previously, she worked at NASA from 1996 to 2001, first as a special assistant to the NASA administrator and later as a senior policy... Read More →
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Thomas Zurbuchen

Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA
Zurbuchen has served as the associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA since 2016. Previously he was a professor of space science and aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, where he helped found the Center for Entrepreneurship. Zurbuchen has... Read More →

Saturday September 28, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
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