Credit: Bob Sauls/XP4D M. Wade Holler Director, Digital Content and Media Strategy Explore Mars, Inc. Used with permission.

Credit:
Bob Sauls/XP4D
M. Wade Holler
Director, Digital Content and Media Strategy
Explore Mars, Inc.
Used with permission.

 

Nobody ever claimed that planting humans on Mars was easy – and that keeping them there safe and sound was a slam dunk.

Next week, the Humans to Mars Summit (H2M) will spotlight the needed steps to enable human exploration of the Red Planet by the 2030s. This confab of experts takes place May 17-19, 2016 at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Presented by Explore Mars, Inc., the summit brings together high level experts from NASA, academia, and private companies to discuss the challenges and solutions required to dispatch expeditionary crews to Mars.

Critical juncture

“H2M is taking place at a critical juncture,” explains Chris Carberry, CEO of Explore Mars, Inc.

“There has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and support for human missions to Mars over the past couple years,” Carberry tells Inside Outer Space, “but as we approach a new administration, we want to make a clear statement to policy makers and candidates that Mars has broad support and it is an achievable goal as early as the early 2030s.”

Colorado's U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Colorado’s U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

H2M will not only feature senior NASA, industry, and policy figures, but representatives from the entertainment industry, virtual reality experts, STEM education professionals, and experts on innovation and economics, Carberry adds.

“We want to be clear that Mars isn’t just the realm of a small group of space and aerospace professionals, but it has a tremendous reach and impact throughout society,” says Carberry.

Who’s who?

This year’s summit will feature top names in aerospace, science, policy, entertainment, and other fields including:

Buzz Aldrin (Apollo XI; Gemini XII)

Dava Newman (NASA Deputy Administrator)

Andy Weir (Author, The Martian)

Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ (CEO, The Planetary Society)

Robert Palumbo (National Geographic Channels Executive Producer)

Ellen Stofan (NASA Chief Scientist)

Joel Achenbach (The Washington Post)

James Green (NASA Director of Planetary Science)

Credit: Mars Explores, Inc.

Credit: Mars Explores, Inc.

For more information and to register for the May 17-19 Humans to Mars Summit, go to:

http://www.exploremars.org/

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