1 Aug 2023

Summer Institute, MA

Submitted by Kimon

College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine

The Summer Institute July 31 - August 4, 2023

Reimagining Exploration

KSR session:


Space: Our Last Great Commons


Date & Time

Tuesday, 1 August 2023, 17:00 - 18:15



When a satellite dies in orbit, it remains in orbit as a piece of cosmic trash, careening around the planet, sometimes at the speed of a bullet. Meanwhile, new satellites or technological objects that we depend on down here on Earth are launched into space all the time, creating more debris, risking collision, and ultimately polluting our orbital commons. Tracking these objects, preventing their collision, and charting a course toward a more sustainable space is the work of Moriba Jah, astrodynamicist, National Geographic Explorer, and MacArthur Fellow. Renowned science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson will lead a conversation with Moriba about what this challenge means to humanity and how we can extend our environmental ethic beyond our atmosphere and into the near-Earth orbital zone. 


Kim Stanley Robinson
Moriba Jah


Location Name

Summer Institute Tent


Full Address

College of the Atlantic
105 Eden St
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
United States

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