This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The era of citizen space is upon us. The cost of launching a spacecraft is so low that even high school students can do so. NASA’s Mason Peck says need to tap into crowd sourcing to begin finding the asteroids that could impact this planet, and figure out what to do about them. This is not science fiction, but necessary for the future of humanity.

As the chief technology advocate, Mason Peck will help communicate how NASA technologies benefit space missions and the day-to-day lives of Americans. NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist coordinates, tracks and integrates technology investments across the agency and works to infuse innovative discoveries into future missions. The office also documents, demonstrates and communicates the societal impact of NASA’s technology investments.