Matjaz Vidmar: 200 Years of Reaching for the Final Frontier

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The Mountains, the Rockets and the Space Races: 200 Years of Reaching for the Final Frontier

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In St. John churchyard in the village of Sharow near Ripon there is a tomb standing out - a Pyramid surmounted by a cross. It marks the final resting place of Charles Piazzi Smyth, the 2nd Astronomer Royal for Scotland and “grandfather” of mountaintop astronomy, whose 200 anniversary of birth we are celebrating this year. It is Smyth and his subsequent fellow Astronomers, whose curiosity and scientific rigour led on to pushing the “final frontier” higher and higher into Outer Space, culminating in the Moon landings in 1969. Exactly 50 years since, a new Space Race seems to be starting off with landing on Mars, a Moon “village” and asteroid mining all thrown into the mix! What should we believe and what is “fake news”? Looking at how science, engineering and society are co-evolving ideas about future Space Exploration and an off-Earth Economy - what are the opportunities for young entrepreneurs and how/should we take them? Building an outer space ecosystem is not trivial – after all, who said it was not rocket science?!

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