Space colonization, the deep future and weekends on the moon

Jim Bell, professor at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and president of The Planetary Society, recently joined Simon Constable at The Wall Street Journal Live to discuss the future of space exploration, colonizing Mars and other planets, NASA’s robotics programs, the privatization of space travel and whether asteroid mining will be this century’s gold rush.

You can pick up Jim’s new book, The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space and Astronomy, tells the story of our universe through 250 of the most important events in its history, from the formation of galaxies to the demotion of Pluto. Each entry is accompanied by breathtaking photographs or illustrations, so it’s perfect for increasing the nerd cred of your coffee table.

Are you looking forward to spending a weekend on the moon? Watch the interview below and tell us what you think in the comments!