The American space agency, NASA, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. With the high patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Embassy of Monaco to the United States will be presenting the second edition of Pioneers and Innovators of Our Time, a special gathering of leaders in air and space technology at the Auditorium Rainier III.
The event will take place from 21st to 23rd November. There will be an advance screening of Rory Kennedy’s documentary 'Above & Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow' on Thursday, 22nd November from 5 pm to 6.30 pm. The film covers the work carried out by NASA on earth and throughout our galaxy. It presents the next generation of telescopes, prototypes of spacecraft planned for Mars and the organisation of technical missions to better understand space. Rory Kennedy has won and been nominated for an Oscar.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion focused on space exploration, astrophysics and clean technology for the future. Panel members will include the following astronauts, members of the 1986 Columbia space shuttle mission and renowned scientists:
• Captain Robert "Hoot" Gibson, former US naval officer, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, retired NASA astronaut
who flew aboard the space shuttles Columbia, Atlantis, and Endeavour;
• General Charles Bolden, former NASA Administrator, Major-general of the US Marine Corps and NASA astronaut;
• Senator Bill Nelson, Democrat Senator from Florida to the US Congress since 2001, Columbia payload specialist;
• Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson, US physicist, astronomer, scientific educator and former NASA astronaut;
• Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, Costa Rican-born astronaut who crewed a record 7 flights aboard NASA space shuttles;
• Dr. Rhea Seddon, surgeon, NASA shuttle crew member, one of the first women accepted into the Astronaut Corps;
• Mr. Guy Beutelschies, Lockheed Martin’s vice president, Commercial and Civil Space; and
• Dr. Ilhami Aygun, president and CEO of SSI- MonacoSat
The film will be presented in French and the discussion of the participants will be in English with simultaneous translation in French.
The film screening is free and open to the public, but reservations are required: firstname.lastname@example.org.