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Less than 70 years ago, within the timeframe of a single human lifespan, humanity first ventured to the edge of space. In the decades since, we have witnessed an explosion of space-faring technologies. From reusable rockets, to advancements in spacecraft propulsion systems and ground-based communication, to precise determinations of orbital dynamics and intricate designs for space habitats, it is clear that we are headed toward the stars. However, as we drift further from our home planet and deeper into the vast unknown, what traits of our humanity will be mirrored in space? Shows like “For All Mankind” forewarn us of the potential for human conflict in space, fueled by nationalistic and financial objectives. How would such a fate impact our species’ ability to survive in the cosmos? In this talk, we will consider these implications further and consider Carl Sagan’s inquiry, “who speaks for Earth?”.

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