The White House Wants To Use Science Fiction To Settle The Solar System

The White House Wants To Use Science Fiction To Settle The Solar System

Earlier this month, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology assembled a strange gathering: scientists, artists, engineers, and policy-makers, for a workshop designed to imagine how humanity could settle the solar system.

The workshop, held in early February, was titled Homesteading in Space – Inspiring the Nation through Science Fiction, with the express purpose of imagining how manned space efforts can take us to our neighboring planets, not just for a short visit, but for longer durations.

Tom Kalil, is the Deputy Director for Policy for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who’s office co-sponsored the gathering along with Washington DC’s Museum of Science Fiction. He noted in an interview that in 2013, he came across a paper…

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