Device is incompatible to play the video
Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Our Future Off Earth

Professor Christopher Impey


Download the lecture video here

The Space Age is half a century old. Its early successes were driven by a fierce superpower rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States, which tended to obscure the fact that exploration and risk-tasking is built into human DNA. Decades after we last set foot on the moon, space activity is finally taking off. A vibrant private sector, led by SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, plans to launch supplies cheaply into earth orbit, and giving people the chance of a sub-orbital joyride. Fighting gravity will always be difficult but new materials are being developed and engineers are rethinking rockets and developing new propulsion technologies.

Permanent bases on the Moon and Mars are now within reach, and a new Space Race is brewing. We can now envisage our future off-Earth.


No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
professor-christopher-impey

Professor Impey is University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of Astronomy at the University of Arizona.

Read More
Read Less

Transcript

26 April 2016

Our Future Off Earth
Professor Christopher Impey

View PDF
Print
Related Future Lectures
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED
Part of a series

How to Avert a Climate Catastrophe

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Monday, 30 September 2019 - 5:30PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Faster than Light?

Professor Katherine Blundell OBE
Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Experimental Gardens from Francis Bacon to Today

Jim Endersby
Monday, 7 October 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Building Sustainable Communities: A New Era for Twinning

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Tuesday, 15 October 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Biometrics: How Unique are You?

Professor Richard Harvey
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Frozen in Time?

Professor Katherine Blundell OBE
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Changing Impact of Infections as We Go Through Life and Age

Professor Chris Whitty
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Limits of Our Knowledge

Professor Joseph Silk FRS
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Exploring Earth from Space

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Energy and Matter at the Origin of Life

Professor Nick Lane
Monday, 20 May 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Staying in Touch with Patients

Professor Roger Kneebone
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Leonardo's Salvator Mundi: Scholarship, Science and Skulduggery

Professor Martin Kemp
Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a conference

A Cosmic Perspective: Panel Discussion

Professor Lord Rees of Ludlow FRS
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 - 7:00PM
WATCHED

What is it about Cocaine that makes it addictive?

Dr William Harrop-Griffiths
Monday, 6 February 2017 - 1:55PM
WATCHED

The Role of Collaboration in Nature and its Link to Success

Professor Steve Jones
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 6:59PM
WATCHED

The Offspring of Semi-Female Mimics in Ruffs

Professor Steve Jones
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 6:58PM
WATCHED

What Is The Advantage To The Flowers That Are 'Orchid-Mimics'?

Professor Steve Jones
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 6:56PM
WATCHED

An Interesting Fact About Female Swordtail Fish

Professor Steve Jones
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 - 6:55PM
WATCHED

The Sideways Motion of a Ponytail

Professor Raymond E. Goldstein
Wednesday, 9 November 2016 - 6:58PM