The Artemis Program

When will human footprints next be left on the Moon?

The date is uncertain, but NASA plans for them to be left by a woman. The Artemis program – a collaboration among NASA, commercial and international partners – will be using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface. The knowledge gained will then inform the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars. 

At 10 a.m., Monday, March 14, two pioneers in the quest to determine how humanity will exist off the planet Earth will discuss how the Artemis Program’s goals will be achieved. This effort differs significantly from the program to land on the moon more than 50 years ago, not only in technology, but the issues raised in the cooperation of international, governmental and commercial enterprises.

Peter Swan Ph.D


Peter Swan, Ph.D.President, International Space Elevator Consortium, is the lead scientist designing and developing space elevators - a proposed planet-to-space transportation system consisting of a cable anchored to Earth and extending into space that could launch satellites directly into orbit without the use of large rockets. A member of the International Academy of Astronautics, he received his Ph.D. in spacecraft systems from UCLA and joined the Iridium satellite program where he was involved in launching 93 low-orbiting communications satellites.

Cathy Swan PhD


Cathy Swan, Ph.D.who received her Ph.D. from UCLA with a specialty in space policy, retired from the US Air Force as a colonel after 30 years of service. In 1989 she established the Center for Arms Control and Technology Assessment in Washington D.C. to deal with the tremendously complex worlds of satellite operations, arms control, and treaty verification.   She has continued to be active in her career field with consulting and as president of SouthWest Analytic Network, Inc.

Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information: 

NASA Artemis program

International Space Elevator Consortium


Books by the Swans:

  • Road to the Space Elevator Era
  • Space Elevators are the Green Road to Space
  • Space Elevators are the Transportation Story of the 21st Century
  • The Impact of Space Activities upon Society
  • National Security Space Strategy Considerations
  • Space Elevators Systems Architecture 
  • Road to the Space Elevator Era
  • The Green Road to Space

Additional resources: 

  • Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America's First Women in Space Program by Margaret A. Weitekamp 
  • The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann
  • Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone