Now that NASA’s Space Shuttle program is retiring, the nation is in the midst of reshaping and rethinking the direction for the U.S. space program, says adjunct professor Edythe Weeks, Department of History, Politics and International Relations.
Two papers co-authored by Weeks and Webster students have been accepted for presentation at the first annual Global Space Exploration Conference in Washington, D.C., May 22-24.
The paper “Contemplating the Global Citizen Concept as a Method to Reduce Potential Cross-Cultural Barriers Likely to Hinder Peaceful Relations During Long Term Space Missions” is scheduled to be presented at Session 4: International Plans and Concepts/Symposium 05 – From Earth Missions to Deep Space Exploration. It will be co-authored and co-presented with Cameron Ashkarkhizani.
Another paper co-authored with Rebecca Clendenen, “The Moon Treaty: A Chance for the United States to Shine,” will be presented at the session Present and Future Regulation of Space Exploration and Exploitation: General Issues. As Clendenen is unable to attend the conference, Weeks will present May 24.
Cameron is the first student who has attended the conference with Weeks, who has attended the International Astronautical Federation Congresses since 2002. Several weeks ago Cameron formed Students for a Global Alliance for Outer Space Development, which was approved by the SGA as a new student organization.
Weeks hopes more Webster students will attend future International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Congresses.