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 (opens in new tab) (which will stream to numerous services such as Android, Apple devices and Roku), the NSS Facebook page (opens in new tab) and the NSS YouTube channel (opens in new tab).

The focus is the people, organizations and technology that are thinking ahead to settlement options in space, NSS said in a statement (opens in new tab). 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 (opens in new tab) program. 

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

Related: The history of the National Space Society (opens in new tab)

"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 (opens in new tab).

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. Elizabeth's reporting includes an exclusive with Office of the Vice-President of the United States, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and (soon) a Bachelor of History from Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: