International Space Symposium: Why the Moon?

Venue: International Space University Central Campus

Location: Illkirch, France

Event Date/Time: Feb 21, 2007 End Date/Time: Feb 23, 2007
Early Registration Date: Jan 19, 2007
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During each academic year, the International Space University (ISU) organizes a three-day symposium as an interdisciplinary, international forum to help both the users and the providers of space-related systems to move forward from the discussion of problems to the formulation of innovative solutions. As an independent organization, ISU has developed a winning formula for a "different kind of symposium":

- Addressing all aspects of the subject: policy, business, legal, scientific, technical, etc.
- Creating ample time for discussion, in the sessions and during interactive events
- Fostering constructive dialogue among different sectors of the space community that do not often interact in more narrowly focused symposia.

Our last (10th) Symposium, entitled "Space Exploration: Who, What, When, Where, Why?", looked in a very broad way at future plans for human and robotic missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Building on the success of that event, which drew almost 200 participants from agencies, industry and academia in more than 30 different countries, our next (11th) Annual Symposium will focus attention on the Moon recognizing the central role it occupies in early phases of the Vision for Space Exploration.

The Preliminary Program indicates how we have structured the event and lists the paper to be presented in the six half-day sessions which are entitled:
1. Destination Moon (an initial review of the goals and plans that exist for lunar exploration)
2. The Moon as a Stimulus for Public Engagement
3. Scientific Investigations at the Moon
4. The Moon as a Technology Driver and a Test-bed for Further Exploration
5. The Moon as a Business Opportunity
6. Legal and Policy Issues in Returning to the Moon


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