The Road to Artemis

August 28, 2022 at 2pm EDT

Event recording


The Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University was proud to host “The Road to Artemis” an unprecedented panel discussion of the development and implementation of the Artemis program including top leaders from across three Presidential administrations.  This panel preceded the historic Artemis 1 mission.  Artemis 1 included the first launch of the SLS (the most powerful rocket ever built) that will send the Orion space capsule on a pathfinder journey around the Moon and return it safely to Earth. The Artemis program will return humans to the Moon and land the first woman and first person of color on the lunar surface by as early as 2025. Learn how NASA, commercial, and international partners were able to collaborate, further enabling new knowledge and opportunities across the space sector, as the U.S. and Artemis partner nations make a long-awaited return to deep-space. Again, this was be a singular panel involving top space policy leaders spanning three administrations, including:

  • Charles F. Bolden Jr., 12th NASA Administrator
  • Jim Bridenstine, 13th NASA Administrator 
  • Dr. Bhavya Lal, NASA Associate Administrator for the Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy; and former Senior White House Appointee and Acting Chief of Staff
  • Dr. Scott Pace, former Executive Director of the National Space Council
  • Mike Gold, former NASA Associate Administrator for Space Policy and Partnerships; and former Acting Associate Administrator for the Office of International and Interagency Relations, EVP Civil Space, Redwire 
  • Gabe Sherman, former NASA Chief of Staff, VP Civil Space, Redwire

Moderated by: Dr. Greg Autry, Clinical Professor and Director, Thunderbird Initiative for Space Leadership, Policy, and Business; Former NASA White House Liaison; Advisor to the US Dept of Transportation for Commercial Space (COMSTAC)

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