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Can New York be a future space hub?

This Tuesday, on the anniversary of the Apollo 12 mission that landed men on the moon for the second time in history, a group of lawmakers and academics gathered at the American Museum of Natural History to promote the notion that 50 years from now, New York could play a major role in the next generation of space exploration. 

During the meeting, convened by Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, who chairs the Assembly Committee on Internet and New Technology, lawmakers questioned academics on points like what they would want a New York state space program to look like, what kind of research and industry activity is already happening in the state, and what the roadblocks are to making New York more prominent in the field.

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