Planetary Scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton

Space Gives Us a Way to Imagine Our Better Selves

Lindy Elkins-Tanton is managing director and co-chair of the Arizona State University Interplanetary Initiative and principal investigator of NASA’s Psyche mission, which is projected to launch in 2022 to explore a metal asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. Before participating in a Zócalo/ASU Interplanetary Initiative event, “Can Space Exploration Save Humanity?,” she visited the virtual green room to talk about breaking barriers in space, why she appreciates the Guardians of the Galaxy series, and the questions she gets asked the most at dinner parties.

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Political Economist Cameron Shelton | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

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Political Scientist and Author Karthick Ramakrishnan | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

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Chinese for Affirmative Action Executive Director Cynthia Choi | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

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