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The California Institute of Technology, Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories (GALCIT), Northrop Grumman Space Technology, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hosted “Fifty Years in Space” — an international conference in celebration of the 50th anniversary of space exploration — at the California Institute of Technology from September 19-21, 2007.


Noted luminaries, including Nobel Laureate John Mather, astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, and NASA Administrator Michael Griffin presented an international look at the past, present, and future of space flight. Invited speakers and guests included international aerospace leaders from industry, government, and academia. The event provided a venue for reflection on how far we have come in the past fifty years, and where we are going in the future, from the perspective of an internationally recognized group of invited experts.