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Geoffrey Landis

Geoffrey A. Landis is a science-fiction writer and a scientist. He has won the Hugo and Nebula awards for science fiction. He is the author of the novel Mars Crossing and the story collection Impact Parameter (and Other Quantum Realities). As a scientist, he works for NASA on developing advanced technologies for space exploration. He was the 2014 recipient Robert A. Heinlein Award "for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space."

Border Sessions 2014 - Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Geoffrey Landis, renowned NASA scientist and best-selling science fiction author, will be interviewed about his vision on space exploration by Arno Wielders.

Mankind is on the verge of breaking the bonds with Mother Earth. Commercial companies will soon have the capabilities to send humans into space, an endeavor previously only accomplished by large governmental organisations like NASA, ESA and Roscosmos. Other initiatives are seriously proposing Mars settlements, asteroid mining and even the building of a starship within 100 years. Earth has always been an integrated part of the Solar system and it still shows the scars of large asteroid impacts. The benefits of settling the solar system starting from Mars and Moon up to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn will not only greatly enhance the economical influence sphere of Earth, but it will also ensure het long term survival of humanity by becoming a multiplanet species.