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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”, [7]
  • 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”, [8]
  • 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, [9]
  • Wikipedia, “The Limits to Growth” [10]
  • D. H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis L. Meadows, Limits to Growth, The 30-Year Update (Earthscan, 2004 edition)

Moore’s Law

  • “Moore’s Law”, [11]

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” [12]
  • The National Research Council, “The Limits of Organic Life in Planetary Systems”, [13]

The Century of Information

Winners and Losers

  • MIT, Technology Review, “Special Reports, 10 Top Technologies 2008” [14]
  • NetworkWorld, “What are the 14 greatest engineering challenges for the 21st century?” [15]
  • Scientific American, “A Solar Grand Plan” (January 2008)
  • The National Research Council, The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon, [16]
  • Scientific American, “When markets Beat the Polls” (March 2008)

Conclusion for NASA