NASA Audio File

NASA Hosts First-Ever Water Sustainability Forum
On March 16, NASA helped kick off a series of forums to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges. The new initiative is called Launch. The first forum, "Launch: Water," takes place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida from March 16-18. NASA's Deputy Administrator Lori Garver is the host of the two-and-a-half-day forum.

 Other founding partners of Launch in addition to NASA are the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. State Department and Nike. The water forum brings together 10 entrepreneurs from around the world who have proposed solutions to water shortages and 22 council members who represent business, policy, engineering, science, communications and sustainability sectors. During the event at Space Life Sciences Lab at Kennedy, the invited innovators and the Launch Council will participate in sessions designed to identify challenges and discuss future opportunities for their innovations.

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Lori Garver
NASA Deputy Administrator

Cut 1 (:21)  - “When we went to space initially, the things you carried to space are absolutely critical, weight is very important and the recycling of water has so been a very very large goal for us that we have made a lot of technological innovation in, that we hope then could be helpful to society at large.”
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Cut 2 (:14) -  “Expanding the boundaries where we go with humans & robots has help drive a lot of innovation and technology NASA will continue to do that right here at the Cape in new ways and investing in technology.”
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