On the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, we look back on man’s space travel accomplishments and forwards to the Space Age.

As we grapple with the limitations of our home planet, many are looking far beyond the horizons of Earth, and ideas about space colonies and interstellar travel that were once the world of science-fiction, edge ever closer to becoming science-fact. In this event, our panel examines our fascination with space, and asks what this fast-moving science might hold in store for us over the next half-century and beyond.

Join Oliver Morton, author of Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World and Pippa Goldschmidt, astronomer and science writer, as they reflect on what lies ahead for humanity and our place in the universe.

About The Speakers

Pippa Goldschmidt

Pippa Goldschmidt is the author of the novel ‘The Falling Sky’ and the short story collection ‘The Need for Better Regulation of Outer Space’. Her work has been broadcast on Radio 4 and appeared in a variety of publications including A Year of Scottish Poetry and the New York Times.

Oliver Morton

Oliver Morton writes about scientific, environmental and technological change, its causes and its impacts. He is currently a senior editor at The Economist. His books include Eating the Sun, The Planet Remade and The Moon: A History for the Future.