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New Perspectives
on Invention and Innovation

Moving Beyond Earth:
Innovations in Space

November 18-19, 2011
at the National Air and Space Museum
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Symposium LogoFriday Night Film Screening

Orphans of Apollo

Friday, November 18 8:00 pm
Lockheed Martin Imax Theater
National Air and Space Museum
Admission: Free, Tickets Required

Director Michael Potter presents his 2008 documentary, Orphans of Apollo, followed by a panel discussion. The film tells the true story of MirCorp, a group of audacious space entrepreneurs who succeeded briefly in commandeering and operating the Russian space station Mir as a business venture, thereby launching the commercial space industry. To view the movie trailer, visit http://www.orphansofapollo.com/.

  • Michael Potter is the director of Paradigm Ventures, an international venture capital firm, and the director of Orphans of Apollo.
  • Jeffrey Manber is the Managing Director of Nanoracks, a commercial fabricator of space-based microgravity experiments, and the former CEO of MirCorp.
  • Alan Ladwig is NASA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Outreach.
  • Moderator: Roger Launius is a senior curator in the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum.

Moving Beyond Earth: Innovations in Space is presented by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Division of Space History.

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