to: 01 May 2020




The panel of experts will discuss what are the challenges humanity will be facing while becoming multi-planetary, and how we should solve it. How our culture, society, faith, and psychology would change?

One path is we stay on Earth forever, and then there will be some eventual extinction event. The alternative is to become a spacefaring civilization and a multi-planetary species.

Going to space is risky, the off-planet environment is naturally hostile to humans. Moreover, NASA identified that the second biggest risk facing people living in space, after radiation, is crew behavioral health. Working and living in tiny space habitats, there is no runaway, no retreat, it is not possible to go outdoors and enjoy the waterfall /flow of water. During the long-duration missions, astronauts/space tourists struggle with seeing the same people, performing routine tasks, and the space habitat becomes a place of likely rising conflicts. Not everyone can tolerate the isolation and loneliness encountered on long space flights.

Meet our panel:

Ariel Ekblaw, the Founding Director of MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative
Frank White, Space Philosopher, Author of The Overview Effect — Space Exploration and Human Evolution book in which he coined the term overview effect.
The event will be moderated by Anastasia Prosina, Founder & CEO, Stellar Amenities

Space experts and enthusiasts alike are invited to attend this event and enjoy interactive conversation with like minds, plus a close-up look at exciting projects of MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative as well as Frank White’s reflections on the Overview effect. Prepare the most exciting questions to be answered!

Schedule (Friday, May 1st):

11:00 AM-11:13 AM PST — Ariel and Frank will talk about their projects
11:13 AM- 12:00 PM PST — panel discussion concluding with Q&A session