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Watch Space Settlement 2021 from the National Space Society today (encore webcast)

Update for Feb. 12: The National Space Society will webcast an encore presentation of the Space Settlement 2021 symposium on Saturday, Feb. 13, at two different times for viewers around the world. 

A second encore presentation will begin at 11:30 p.m. EST (0430 on Sunday, Feb. 14), and will be available here.

The National Space Society's (NSS) Space Settlement 2021 event will stream on Thursday (Feb. 4), with simulcasting as a media partner.

The free event will start at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) on multiple platforms alongside, including e360tv (which will stream to numerous services such as Android, Apple devices and Roku), the NSS Facebook page and the NSS YouTube channel.

The focus is the people, organizations and technology that are thinking ahead to settlement options in space, NSS said in a statement. A big focus lately in the space industry has been moon missions, as NASA continues to shoot for a 2024 astronaut landing along with a plethora of commercial vehicles through the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program. 

But other destinations will be discussed, too, at the event.

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"We present the finest minds in this revolutionary [settlement] movement, with experts speaking about the latest visions of humanity's migration into space: where we will go, why we will go there, and how we will do so," NSS said in a statement.

"Highlights include: a STEM space settlement competition, today's incremental steps to space settlement, the classic ideas of Dr. Gerard K. O'Neill, new initiatives by visionaries such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and other NewSpace visionaries, and much more."

Invited speakers cover a span of space settlement options, ranging from astrophysicists who examine potentially habitable exoplanets to engineers working on planetary exploration. A few of the speakers include Janet Ivey (president of Explore Mars, Inc.), Alan Stern (principal investigator of the New Horizons mission that flew past Pluto) and Karlton Johnson (chair of the National Space Society's board of governors.)

More information, along with updates on the event, is available at the NSS Space Settlement 2021 website.

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Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell is a contributing writer for who is one of the few Canadian journalists to report regularly on space exploration. She is the author or co-author of several books on space exploration. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in Space Studies, and an M.Sc. from the same department. She also holds a bachelor of journalism degree from Carleton University in Canada, where she began her space-writing career in 2004. Besides writing, Elizabeth teaches communications at the university and community college level, and for government training schools. To see her latest projects, follow Elizabeth on Twitter at @howellspace.