I have just read Anousheh Ansari's post on her passion of space - an excellent example for long run thinking and passion. She says:
"I am a space cadet. I look forward to the day when the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is won, and I am committed to developing more space-based prizes which will give us further access to crucial materials and energy necessary to solve some of mankind’s greatest challenges."
It was a great pleasure to meet Paul Gilster - my erstwhile opponent in the Interstellar Bet, which we call also as our Long Bet 395 - in person in Aosta, during the 6th IAA Symposium on Realistic Near-Term Advanced Scientific Space Missions - Missions to the Outer Solar System and Beyond - where both of us made the case to use our bet as an educational tool.
Paul's lively report on the Aosta 2009 events can be followed on his blog at http://www.centauri-dreams.org - you might find his "Aosta Update for Wednesday", posted on 8th July 2009 particularly relevant to our bet; here is the direct link: http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=8591 where You can see the first-ever published photo showing Paul and myself together!
The "must" conference for all deep space fans, traditionally held in the lovely city of Aosta, will offer a lot of interesting stuff in seven sessions:
* Session I: Motivations for long range space exploration
* Session II: Propulsion and solar and electric sails
* Session III: Psychological aspestc of long range space exploration
* Session IV: Missions
* Session V: Robots and rovers for deep space exploration
* Session VI: New concepts
* Session VII: SETI