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Suggested Citation:"Edward C. Stone." National Research Council. 2010. Forging the Future of Space Science: The Next 50 Years. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12675.
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EDWARD C. STONE is the David Morrisroe Professor of Physics and vice provost for special projects at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Since 1972, Dr. Stone has served as the Voyager chief scientist in the exploration of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune and continues to lead the study of the outer heliosphere as the two Voyager spacecraft continue their journey to interstellar space. He has also had oversight of the construction and operation of the two 10-meter W.M. Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and of the design development of the 30-Meter Telescope. Dr. Stone is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, president of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), a vice president of COSPAR, and on the board of the W.M. Keck Foundation. Among his scientific awards and honors, he has received the National Medal of Science (1991), the Magellanic Award from the American Philosophical Society, the IAF Alan D. Emil Award, the IAA von Karman Award, and three NASA Distinguished Service Medals. In 1996, Asteroid 5481 was named after him.

Suggested Citation:"Edward C. Stone." National Research Council. 2010. Forging the Future of Space Science: The Next 50 Years. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12675.
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From September 2007 to June 2008 the Space Studies Board conducted an international public seminar series, with each monthly talk highlighting a different topic in space and Earth science. The principal lectures from the series are compiled in Forging the Future of Space Science. The topics of these events covered the full spectrum of space and Earth science research, from global climate change, to the cosmic origins of life, to the exploration of the Moon and Mars, to the scientific research required to support human spaceflight.

The prevailing messages throughout the seminar series as demonstrated by the lectures in this book are how much we have accomplished over the past 50 years, how profound are our discoveries, how much contributions from the space program affect our daily lives, and yet how much remains to be done. The age of discovery in space and Earth science is just beginning. Opportunities abound that will forever alter our destiny.

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