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'A Day in Space': Watch the National Space Society's virtual event now!

The National Space Society (NSS) will hold "A Day in Space" Thursday (July 16) virtually on multiple platforms, featuring keynote speakers such as Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and exoplanet scientist Sara Seager.

To watch the day-long event live, head over to the "A Day in Space" event page (opens in new tab) and scroll down to pick your preferred viewing option. The conference is available for free on the e360tv streaming TV network, the NSS Facebook page and YouTube page, e360tv's Roku/AppleTV/Amazon Fire and several mobile systems, as well as on's YouTube channel (opens in new tab).

The conference starts at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) and major topics include the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo program (opens in new tab) that landed astronauts on the moon between 1969 and 1972, the Mariner 4 (opens in new tab) Mars mission that wrongly led some scientists to believe the Red Planet had no evidence of water in its history, the New Horizons (opens in new tab) mission to Pluto and the outer solar system, and examining the business of space (including diversity, inclusion, space science and medicine).

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The National Space Society will host "A Day in Space" celebration of spaceflight online on July 16, 2020.

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"If there is a theme, I’d say it is exploring space with a robust human spaceflight program and robotic probes, and going there to stay," said co-organizer Rod Pyle, editor of the NSS publication "Ad Astra," in an email to 

"We have presentations that range from reflections on the Space Age — by those where were there through today — and well into the future. We talk about both traditional spaceflight, the exciting accomplishments of many NewSpace companies, the study of exoplanets (opens in new tab), and much more."

The full schedule of speakers is on the event website (opens in new tab) in both EDT and PDT. Some of the participants include:

NSS organized this event after the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which shut down many major space conferences and events across the world (opens in new tab), forcing the organization to cancel its annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Dallas. "A Day in Space" will feature many of the same speakers scheduled for ISDC, with an emphasis on shooting content in 4K to make it "as professional and engaging as possible," Pyle said.

"A Day in Space" also works to reach beyond the traditional space enthusiast audience to appeal to people new to the field, added Pyle. All that's required is a love for spaceflight, science and exploration.

Thousands of people are expected the virtual event, with hopes by the organizers that tens of thousands might choose to tune into the seven-hour webcast (which includes periodic breaks for attendees to stretch their legs at home.)

While NSS is looking forward to bringing back ISDC when it is safe to do so, the organization said it hopes to offer regular online events in the future to supplement its normal programming.

"'A Day in Space' is our kickoff major virtual event, and we’re looking forward to creating much more of this kind of premiere content," Pyle said. 

"Our intent is to bring the NSS to a new level of media engagement and to really connect with a much broader spectrum or people, from seasoned space watchers to young people from around the world looking for ways to engage the new frontier in this new space age. This is an extraordinary time in spaceflight, one that calls for extraordinary outreach ...  and that’s what 'A Day in Space' is all about."

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Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a contributing writer for (opens in new tab) since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she tackles topics like spaceflight, diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc (opens in new tab). in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Her latest book, NASA Leadership Moments, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.