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Why Space Matters | Michael Belfiore | TEDxTarrytown

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It's easy to feel paralyzed by all that needs to be done to tackle the big problems facing humanity. But we can overcome the limitations that hold us back given inspiration—Inspiration to see past our differences, come together, and see ourselves as part of something bigger. Space offers that inspiration. International Aerospace Journalist of the Year finalist Michael Belfiore shows us how space travel has given us the inspiration to overcome major obstacles in the past and how today's commercial spaceflight renaissance offers us the inspiration to do so again. See more about Michael at Michael is an author and journalist covering the technologies shaping our future. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek,The New York Times,Popular Science and many other media outlets. He is an International Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award finalist and a recipient of the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace Award for outstanding journalism. In addition, Michael has appeared as a commentator on Bloomberg Radio and TV, CNN, NPR, and other radio and TV outlets.His book Rocketeers: How a Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly Privatizing Space is the first to chronicle the birth of the commercial space age. In 2017 it was optioned for a possible TV series by NBCUniversal. His book The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs is the first to go behind the scenes at the Pentagon agency that gave us the Internet,the first satellite positioning system,and many other innovations. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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