About This Talk
The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Are We Bound for Space?
Commitment to space travel has ebbed and flowed. Physicist Stephen Hawking believes the way to ensure human survival is to continue space exploration. Critics of space travel argue that Planet Earth is in dire need of our attention and resources right now. Is there a trade-off between going to space and fighting climate change, overpopulation and other earthly concerns? Be part of the live studio audience for this special edition of TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
Steve Paikin, Host
Steve Paikin's distinguished career in journalism includes twelve years as co-host of TVO's Studio 2, host of TVO's weekly foreign affairs series, Diplomatic Immunity, and host of TVO's provincial affairs program Fourth Reading. Steve Paikin is the author of four books: "The New Game"; "Public Triumph", "Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts" and "The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life."
Chris Hadfield, Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency
Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut, engineer, and pilot. He has made two space flights - one in 1995 and one in 2001. On his second trip, he completed two spacewalks and became the first Canadian to walk in space. He is currently training for a future stay on the International Space Station.
Robert Richards, Founder and CEO
- Odyssey Moon Ltd.
Dr. Richards is the Founder and CEO of Odyssey Moon Ltd., a commercial lunar enterprise based in the Isle of Man, and the first official registrant in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE competition. He is also the Director of Space Technology at Optech Incorporated of Canada, where he presided over the first commercial lidar scanner flown in space.
Donna Shirley, Aerospace Engineer and Author
Donna Shirleyis a former manager of Mars Exploration at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the author of the book "Managing Martians". She directed the team that built the Rover 'Sojourner Truth', which was landed on the surface of Mars by the highly successful Mars Pathfinder project in 1997. Asteroid "5649donnashirley" is named in her honor.
Lawrence Krauss, Director of Origins Initiative
- Arizona State University
Lawrence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist and author of several bestselling books including "The Physics of Star Trek " His research interests include the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology. He writes regularly for various newspapers and magazines, and appears frequently on radio and television.
Karl Schroeder, Unknown
Karl Schroeder is a science fiction author of several popular books, including The Sunless Countries: Book Four of Virga.