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NSS Town Hall – A Conversation with the Presidents (NSS and Explore Mars)


On March 11, 2021, for the first time, NSS brought together the presidents of two prominent space advocacy organizations. Join us for a “Conversation with the Presidents” featuring Geoffrey Notkin, outgoing NSS President (2019-2021), Janet Ivey, President of Explore Mars and an NSS Board of Governors member, and Michelle Hanlon, incoming NSS President (2021-2023). This is a rare opportunity to engage in conversations with these senior leaders to hear about key issues facing space advocacy organizations and the challenges of advancing our space settlement mission. Moderated by Rod Pyle, Ad Astra magazine Editor-in-Chief and acclaimed space author, this promises to be an exciting, fun, and informative discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from these accomplished and dynamic individuals who have devoted their time, energy, and expertise to make us a spacefaring civilization. Register today and use the link below to ask your questions. Geoffrey Notkin is a member of the NSS Board of Governors and was elected NSS President in 2019. Notkin is an author, world traveler, TEDx speaker, and CEO of Aerolite Meteorites, Inc. A television and film producer, his credits include the documentaries Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously and First to the Moon: The Story of Apollo 8. Notkin has published hundreds of articles on meteorite science, paleontology, astronomy, adventure travel, and the arts, with his work appearing in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Astronomy, and Sky & Telescope. He is the author of three books including the award-winning Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space. His spaceflight and tech column, “Throwing Pebbles at the Sky,” is exclusive to the National Space Society magazine, Ad Astra. He is a member of The Explorer’s Club, is on the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, and the Board of Directors of the Astrosociology Research Institute.Janet Ivey, President, of Explore Mars, Inc., and Creator and CEO of the award winning Janet’s Planet is committed to enriching the lives of children via education and live performances, TV, and online programming. With over 27 years in the children’s edutainment and space science outreach sector, Janet has captivated audiences with her work. She has received 12 Regional Emmys and five Gracie Awards for Janet’s Planet, her children’s series which is a dynamic and fast-paced series geared to 5-10 year olds and focuses on science, space, history and exploration. Janet is on the Board of Directors for Explore Mars, she is an active NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador and on the Board of Governors for the National Space Society. Janet’s mission is to enrich the lives of children via art and science, multi-media education and intelligent AWE (Art, Wonder, and Experiential) infused programming that focuses on space exploration.Michelle Hanlon, elected NSS President for 2021 to 2023, was Chair of the NSS International Committee and a member of the NSS Policy Committee. Michelle is a Co-Director of the Center for Air and Space Law and an instructor of aviation and space law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law, the oldest Journal in the world devoted to analyzing the legal problems arising out of human activities in space. Michelle received her B.A. in Political Science from Yale College, her J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, and her LL.M in Air and Space Law from McGill University. Prior to focusing on space law, Michelle was engaged in a private business law practice. Michelle is a Co-Founder and the President of For All Moonkind, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that is the only organization in the world focused on protecting human cultural heritage in outer space.

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