Fly Me to the Moon: Watch LeVar Burton and Dr. Mae Jemison Talk Interstellar Travel

Written by Hugh Forrest | June 17, 2013

Space exploration proved to be one of the dominant themes at the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival. An incredible keynote from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk led off this quest for galactic glory. Austin's own Richard Garriott eloquently explained "The New Golden Age of Human Spaceflight.", and registrants enjoyed touring the James Webb telescope on the lawn of the Long Center.

Another highlight of this year's event was the "100 Year Startup: Interstellar Travel and Beyond" session and its all-star speaker lineup of LeVar Burton (RRKidz Inc), Benjamim Palmer (The Barbarian Group), Dr Mae Jemison (astronaut), and Dr. Jill Tarter (SETI). We particularly love the opening quote from former Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge that explains his fascination with the topic at hand: "I have always loved science fiction. There is no secret that there is an inexorable link between that which we imagine and that which we create."

If your imagination needs some exercise, then set aside an hour to take in the video from this standout SXSW conversation between these four above-the-earth visionaries.