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October 16, 2002

Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Release: #J02-105

Commercializing Final Frontier Topic for World Space Congress Panel

What are the barriers to achieving commercialization of space? Which country will commercialize space first? What should NASA, academia and industry be doing now to inspire the next generation of space explorers?

These and other questions will be the focus of a panel discussion on the commercialization of space at World Space Congress 2002. The special session will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in the World Space Congress Exhibit Hall Theater in Houston.

Participating panelists will include Dr. Paul Silber, president of StelSys, LLC, whose company purchased NASA's bioreactor technology and is now conducting commercial medical research aboard the space station to develop a type of liver dialysis machine; Mr. Dennis Tito, California businessman and the first space flight participant to visit the International Space Station; and Ms. Lori Garver, former associate administrator at NASA Headquarters and space flight advocate.

NASA's Flight Commercialization Office at the Johnson Space Center, headed by Brian Kelly, is hosting the special panel session. Rick Tumlinson, founder and president of Space Adventures Foundation, will serve as moderator.

For more information about the World Space Congress visit:


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