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8 September 2017

Dear 100 Year Starship Community,

While we were busily and excitedly preparing for the debut of the NEXUS 2017 event in Santa Monica this month, Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, the administrative, programming and operational headquarters of 100 Year Starship (100YSS).

As you know from all the news reporting, Hurricane Harvey effectively stopped Houston business, transportation, commerce and private activities at homes for five days or more.  All aspects of the work on NEXUS was severely disrupted.  And though the skies are clear in Houston now, the problems of catching up in the face of clean-up and remediation of this natural disaster — currently called the most severe in U.S. history – continue.  We tried diligently, but it has been impossible to overcome Harvey’s impact.

The NEXUS event team huddled and decided to postpone NEXUS so that it will be the type of wildly transformational, engaging and magical event planned.

Space. Radical. Vital. Down to Earth.

We are working to reschedule NEXUS for the first quarter of 2018 and should have new dates shortly.

The 25 Strong! Celebration under the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the Oschin Pavilion of the California Science Center will take place in Los Angeles on Friday, September 15 as originally scheduled since most of the planning and logistics activities were handled there.  If you had planned to attend, are local or have safe travel plans, then please join us.

We want to thank all of you who had planned to attend Nexus, our speakers and our staff and volunteers, for your commitment and enthusiasm and look forward to seeing you in early 2018.

This is our lesson in humility and the fact that we are part of a dynamic, living planet and true to the principles of 100 Year Starship—flexibility is key!

For the NEXUS Team,

Alires Almon and Yema Coker

What we do today plants the seeds for tomorrow and beyond.

Dr. Mae Jemison

Principal, 100 Year Starship