An astronaut who walked on the moon and a renowned NASA mathematician combine a group of experts discussing the potential of space exploration in the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) conference today (April 23), streaming live online this day.

The USRA will probably livestream its own 50th anniversary conference,”Researching New Space Frontiers,” from Washington, D.C., and you may watch it live here at, courtesy of USRA. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 5 pm EDT (1700 to 2200 GMT).

The list of speakers includes Harrison H. Schmitt, also a former NASA astronaut who walked on the moon during Apollo 17, the last Apollo mission to the moon, in 1972. Schmitt is the to perform geology on the surface of another world. He is a former U.S. Senator.

Also on the schedule is Christine Darden, a former NASA mathematician and aeronautical engineer who worked on the bureau throughout the 1960s. This era was depicted from the 2016 novel (and 2017 film) “Hidden Statistics,” demonstrating a time when black Americans participated from the space program since mathematicians and computer programmers. The folks during NASA’s early spaceflight programs’ gifts were not recognized until recent decades.

Other speakers on the agenda comprise Jan Worner, the director-general of the European Space Agency; Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences; along with Scott M. Pace, executive secretary of the National Space Council. It’s possible to view the complete agenda and schedule online.

The USRA was set in 1969, as part due to NASA’s request, as a nonprofit organization enabling scholars and scientists to examine samples of lunar material the Apollo astronauts gathered in 1969 and 1972. Even the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Apollo 11, occurs on July 20.

“Today — 50 decades later — USRA’s mission encompasses far broader space- and aeronautics-related sciences exploration through leading-edge research, technology and education applications; distance and aeronautics policy formation; and also the operation and direction of world-class facilities and initiatives through a consortium of 110 universities, the private industry and federal and foreign authorities,” USRA officials explained in a declaration .

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