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Our future in space will largely be determined by some of the country's most prominent thought leaders at the Space 2000 Conference and Exhibition, September 19 through 21 at the Convention Center in Long Beach, California, sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

The program will feature prominent NASA keynote speakers including NASA Administrator Dan Goldin and former U.S. Senator and astronaut John Glenn. Dr. Edward Stone, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif., will moderate a panel on New Civil Space Horizons on Thursday, September 21 from 8 to 10 a.m.

"We are providing a unique venue for leaders from government, industry and academia to share ideas and interact," said Stone, a co-chair of the event. "The invited speakers will provide their perspectives on the future of space, setting the stage for continuing discussion throughout the program."

Conference participants will address new opportunities in space, new missions and new challenges the millennium brings that will be dependent on business decisions and technology readiness. The three-day event will bring together an impressive list of experts that includes scientists and engineers from various civilian, military and private organizations. There will be four panel discussions with technical paper presentations: "Space on the National Agenda," "The Business of Space," "Military Space Missions" and "New Horizons in Civil Space."

JPL will also have an exhibit featuring many educational outreach programs geared toward students in grades K-12 to help engage conference attendees in educational programs within their communities.

For conference details or to register online, please visit the conference Web site at or contact the AIAA at (800) 639-2422.

The Boeing Company is the general sponsor for the Space 2000 Conference and Exhibition. The AIAA, which will serve as the host and organizer, is the largest professional/technical society, leading content provider, and principal voice on behalf of aerospace professionals on all aspects of aviation, space and defense. Managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology, JPL is the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system.

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