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The following materials were critical in the development of the Future Work for NASA entry:


Scientific American, “The Future of Space Exploration” (October 2007)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” [1]

Ted Nodhaus, Michael Shellenberger, Break Through (Houghton Miffin, 2007)

Thom Hartman, Cracking the Code (Berrett-Koehler, 2007)

The Great Problems of the 21st Century

The Hockey Stick

“An Inconvenient Truth”, [2]

Senator Clinton’s “Innovation Agenda”, [3] Senator Obama’s “American Leadership in Space” [4]

“The Prophet of Climate Change: James Lovelock, (Rolling Stone, October 17, 2007) [5]

Brian Fagan, The Great Warming, Climate Change and the Raise and Fall of Civilizations, (Bloomsbury Press, 2008) Brian Fagan, The Little Ice Age 1300-1850, (Basic Books, 2000)

Howard E. McCurdy, Inside NASA (Johns Hopkins, 1994) Brenda Forman, “The Politics of Space Science Funding”, GSFC Engineering Colloquium 1998, [6]

Hubbert’s Peak

[“Hubbert’s Peak”, http://www.princeton.edu/hubbert/] Kenneth S. Deffeyes, Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage (Princeton, 2003) Kenneth S. Deffeyes, Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak (Hill, 2006) Matthew R. Simmons, Twilight in the Desert (Wiley, 2005)

National Security Space Office, “Space-Based Solar Power, As an Opportunity for Strategic Security”, [7]

Harrison H. Schmitt, Return to the Moon: Exploration, Enterprise, and Energy in the Human Settlement of Space (Springer, 2006)

The Population Bomb

United Nations World Population Estimates, [8] Wikipedia, “The Limits to Growth” [9] D. H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis L. Meadows, Limits to Growth, The 30-Year Update (Earthscan, 2004 edition)

Moore’s Law

“Moore’s Law”, [10]

Cost to LEO

P. Dimotakis, “100 lbs to Low Earth Orbit (LEO): Small-Payload Launch Options” (MITER Corp. 1999)

The Great Themes of the 21st Century

Scientific American, “50 Trends” (January 2008)

The Century of Biology

Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books, “Our Biotech Future” [11]

The National Research Council, “The Limits of Organic Life in Planetary Systems”, [12]

The Century of Information

Winners and Losers

MIT, Technology Review, “Special Reports, 10 Top Technologies 2008” [13]

NetworkWorld, “What are the 14 greatest engineering challenges for the 21st century?” [14]

Scientific American, “A Solar Grand Plan” (January 2008)

The National Research Council, The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon, [15]

Scientific American, “When markets Beat the Polls” (March 2008)

Conclusion for NASA