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New on the SSI YouTube Channel Jo Franklin’s The Great Space Race: The Next Civilization

While working as the Washington producer for the legendary MacNeil/Lehrer Report, Jo Franklin became frustrated by the coverage of Space events and she set out to make a difference. The result was an epic 4 part PBS special series backed by a grant from Boeing called “The Great Space Race.”

For many years this four hour set of videos had been a high volume seller at the National Air and Space Museum and now Ms. Franklin is considering adding an updated 5th part covering the exciting latest developments in the Space Industry.

The original four part series is available for purchase directly from Sea Castle Films and Ms. Franklin has generously agreed to allow The Space Studies Institute to show on our YouTube Channel Part 4 “The Next Civilization” featuring Gerard K. O’Neill, Freeman Dyson and many other SSI friends and alumni.

With all of the revolutionary achievements coming out of NewSpace – and MatureSpace – these days it would be great to see an in depth update to this classic series. We encourage you to watch this excellent video and please give it a thumbs up to show your interest in the project.

For information on ordering the complete original series or individual hours Ms. Franklin offers that you can contact Seacastlefilms AT gmail.com.

News and reviews of the original release of Jo Franklin’s The Great Space Race:

The Philadelphia Inquirer May 1986 via Philly.com. Pbs Series Plumbs The Depths Of Space

United Press International. Exploring the great space race

Los Angeles Times. ‘The Great Space Race': A Brand-new Ballgame

See you at Space Access?

It’s right around the corner now, April 7th-9th in Phoenix.

SSI President Gary Hudson is scheduled for the 9am Friday “Paths to Reusability” panel, at 5:30 SSI Senior Associate Dr. Justin Karl and a group of his UCF students will be telling about their work on the undergrad G-Lab project (which should be an interesting follow-up to Gary’s SSI G-Lab presentation at Space Access last year), plus a number of other SSI Seniors, Members and Alumni will be doing presentations and panels running the gamut of topics from LEO to the beltway(s).

If you’ve never been to Space Access, but have been to other Space conferences, this one will surprise you.  First, it’s a lot cheaper than most and second, it’s got a completely different kind of approach  – they call it a total immersion event.  It’s not a “Big Show” with a perfect beach calling you away from Space from every window (though those conferences are a lot of fun and can be extremely helpful to the huge crowds they draw), Space Access is a tight group of folks who really care about getting to Space – REALLY getting to Space – all together in the same big room for a relentless series of morning to late-night presentations and panels and discussions all in a single track.  No finding out you missed the good stuff by picking the wrong door on the wrong floor, you miss nothing.

If you haven’t looked at the schedule, go over and take a peek.  We just got an email and it appears that the hotel is sold out for Friday and Saturday nights but there are other places to spend your few sleeping hours right in the area.

You’ll be surprised even by the website, check it out now by clicking here for the Space Access Society Space Access ’16 schedule.

And we truly hope to see you there!