The National Space Society

Media Contacts:

Samuel Coniglio Pat Montoure
1-408-930-0102 1-408-930-5506
spaceman@mindspring.com patmontour@aol.com

Website: http://isdc.nss.org/2003/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

22nd International Space Development Conference
Opens Today in Silicon Valley

"Roadmap To The Stars" Welcomes Public To
National Space Society’s Annual Gathering

SAN JOSE, California, May 23, 2003 — Over the Memorial Day weekend, Silicon Valley will be the gathering place for a group of uniquely visionary people with some creative ideas for solving some of mankind’s most pressing problems — a group that sees the surprising answers not here on Earth, but in space.

The 22nd annual International Space Development Conference, opening today through May 26 at the Hyatt San Jose, will host some of the world’s leading scientists, entrepreneurs, teachers, astronauts and experts on space development.

Visiting conference experts and attendees will showcase innovative "space-based" solutions to pressing energy, environmental, economic, transportation and technology concerns facing humanity everywhere. Open to the general public and sponsored by the National Space Society, this year’s conference highlights, among others:

  • Dr. Pascal Lee (NASA) discussing the NASA Haughton Mars Project.
  • Dr. Jill Tarter (SETI Institute) providing an update on the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
  • Dr. David Criswell (Texas Space Grant Consortium) exploring the potential of Lunar Solar Power to meet terrestrial energy needs.
  • Dr. Peter Diamandis (X Prize Foundation) talking about contenders for the "X Prize" contest for launching private citizens into space.
  • Marianne Dyson (former Mission Control shuttle flight controller, children’s book author and current NSS Director) discussing "Why Space Exploration is Important for Our Kids" and February’s Columbia space shuttle tragedy.
  • Larry Evans (Space Camp California) will unveil plans to revive the dormant U.S. Space Camp California at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, slated to reopen later this year.

The Hyatt San Jose is located at 1740 North First Street, San Jose, CA, USA 95112. Telephone: 1-408-993-1234 (fax: 1-408-453-0259).

For additional details of The International Space Development Conference, contact Samuel Coniglio (1-408-930-0102, spaceman@mindspring.com) or Pat Montoure (1-408-930-5506, patmontour@aol.com). Or visit http://isdc.nss.org/2003/ for the latest developments.

The National Space Society is a 501c3 non-profit organization devoted to promoting the benefits of space travel. The 30,000+ public membership within NSS encourages positive social, technical, economic, and political efforts to advance humanity's peaceful and productive expansion into the space frontier.

For more information, visit http://www.nss.org/

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