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International Day of Human Spaceflight Conference 2022

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre

On April 12th 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to achieve flight in space. This moment was a turning point not only in scientific and technological advancement, or even in exploration, but in human history in a way that had far reaching implications for our civilisation. As humanity moved beyond the confines of its home planet, a new era was ushered in that would have a lasting effect on science, society and culture. Today, we are living through a period of renewed interest in and commitment to human space flight, from the fledgling space tourism industry to NASA’s Artemis programme and a return to human presence on the Moon.

This free one-day academic conference is a timely reflection on the history, present ambitions and future implications of human space flight from an interdisciplinary perspective. With speakers from fields as diverse as planetary science, literature, and psychology, the day will explore the landsape of human space exploration and the continued need to recognise that it is not merely a matter of scientific research and technological achievement, but a collective endeavour with an impact on how humankind sees itself and its relationship to the wider environment of the solar system.

With registration from 9.00-9.30 and the day finishing at 5.30, the programme includes:

Ian Crawford (Earth and Planetary Sciences, B)

Roger Luckhurst (English Literature, B)

Caroline Edwards (English Literature, B)

Doug Millard (Science Museum)

Rachel Hill (Science + Technology, UCL)

Elisa Raffaella Ferre (Psychological Sciences, BB)


During the day, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to speakers as well as enjoy a round-table discussion at the end of the event.

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