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2020 Space Settlement Symposium to examine dynamics of exploration

Jernice Kelley | September 23, 2020


Texas State University’s 5th annual Space Settlement Symposium will host a panel discussion on the dynamics of space settlement, including patterns, motivations, and driving forces.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held virtually on Zoom from 2-5 p.m. on September 25. Those who wish to attend may reserve their space before September 24.

Space exploration helps to address fundamental questions about humanity's place in the universe and the history of the solar system. Through addressing the challenges related to human space exploration technology is expanded, new industries created and peaceful connections with other nations are fostered. This year, panelists will discuss plans for deep space exploration and how individuals can prepare.

Scheduled speakers and topics include:

  • Emma Lehnhardt, manager of program planning and control for NASA's Gateway Program, “Gearing up for Gateway: NASA's Plans for Deep Space Exploration”
  • Diane Howard, chief counsel for space commerce at the U.S. Department of Commerce, "Settlements: Possible Industry Impacts and Issues"
  • Andrea Banzatti, Texas State Department of Physics, "Exoplanets: New Worlds at the Horizon"
  • Chris Elley, Texas State Alumnus, founder Electro-Fish Media Inc., "Did Anyone Pack the Self-Awareness? Prepping Our Baggage For Space"

The symposium will be hosted by the Department of Philosophy and supported by the Departments of Political Science, International Studies, Geography, Sociology, Modern Languages and Psychology.

To reserve space, visit

For any other questions or clarifications, please email

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922