Aspiration and Resilience: The New Space Age


Space exploration is fast becoming a strategic priority for many countries. On February 9th, the UAE's Hope probe reached Mars orbit, followed by a Chinese probe a day later. America's Perseverance rover is expected to land on Martian soil on Thursday.

These activities are a sign that more nations are getting serious not only about finding life beyond our planet, but also recognizing the need to have a robust presence in space. Will a fellowship with global scientists for a common goal lead to new opportunities, collaboration and growth within the global scientific community? Could the information recovered from these missions attract the next generation of visionaries in engineering and space?

In The New Space Age - The Hill’s third event in the Aspiration & Resilience Series - astronauts, space agency leaders, young scientists, academics, and government leaders from the United States and the Middle East will explore friendly competition and cooperation among countries with an interest in space exploration. We will also discuss how these missions will attract the next generation of scientists, engineers and inventors.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT



  • Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), Ranking Member, Committee on Science, Space & Technology
  • Jessica Watkins, PhD, Astronaut, NASA
  • H.E. Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology; Chairwoman, UAE Space Agency
  • Avigdor 'Avi' Blasberger, Director-General, Israel Space Agency
  • Hazzaa Almansoori, Astronaut, UAE Space Agency
  • Dave Brain, Associate Professor, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado - Boulder
  • Philip Christensen, Regents Professor, The Ed and Helen Korrick Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University
  • Marwa AlAlawi, 2020 Mechanical Engineering Graduate, MIT
  • Noora AlSaeed, PhD Candidate, Department of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado - Boulder

Additional speakers to be announced.



  • Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Hill


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