The importance of conveying an understanding and appreciation for the “grand questions” of space science and exploration that motivate the majority of NASA’s programs, such as, How is the universe evolving? Are we alone? Will the Earth remain a hospitable home for humanity in the future? What could the future hold for humans in space?, was the topic of the workshop held on November 8-10, 2010, at the National Academies’ Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California. The workshop, organized by an ad hoc planning committee and held under the auspices of the Space Studies Board, involved prominent space scientists and communications professionals and attracted an audience of more than 160. A report on the discussions that took place, Sharing the Adventure with the Public—The Value and Excitement of “Grand Questions” of Space Science and Exploration: Summary of a Workshop, was released in November 2011. The Workshop Overview is reprinted in Chapter 5.
Marcia Smith, Space and Technology Policy Group, LLC
Ian W. Pryke, Senior Program Officer, SSB
Lewis Groswald, Research Associate, SSB
Carmela J. Chamberlain, Administrative Coordinator, SSB
Gabriel Betancourt-Martinez, Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Intern
Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño, Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Intern