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CWN Alaskan Authors Series

Wednesday: Charles Wohlforth

Join us Wednesday at 5:00pm for the next in a series of evening programs with Alaskan authors on topics ranging from the 150th anniversary of the Alaska purchase to space exploration at the Anchorage Museum Chugach Gallery (4th floor).

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Brian E. Davies Chugach Gallery (4th floor)

625 C Street

Please use the main entrance of the museum and sign-in with the

Commonwealth North sign-in sheet at the front desk.

September 13th
Charles Wohlforth
Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets

From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer, a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable.We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as increasingly more entrepreneurs—Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos—are seduced by the commercial potential of human access to space. But Beyond Earth does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel—realities that have hampered NASA’s efforts ever since the Challenger disaster.

In Beyond Earth, Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R.Hendrix offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars, but Titan—a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will even be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field—offers the most realistic and thrill­ing prospect of life without support from Earth.