Charles Bolden (NASA: Administrator) Buzz Aldrin (Apollo XI Gemini XII) Frank Morring, Jr. (Space Aviation Week & Space Technology: Senior Editor) Jeff Foust (The Space Review; SpaceToday.Net) Dan Dumbacher (NASA: Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development) Mary A. Voytek (NASA: Senior Scientist for Astrobiology) Louis Friedman (Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, The Planetary Society) Michael Gazarik (NASA: Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate) William Gerstenmaier (NASA: Associate Administrator, HEOMD) Miles O'Brien (PBS Frontline; NOVA) James Green (NASA: Acting Director, Mars Exploration Program; Director, Planetary Science Division) Alan Stern (Uwingu: CEO; former NASA Associate Administrator of the Science Mission Directorate) Julie Van Kleeck (Aerojet Rocketdyne: Advanced Space and Launch Systems)
and Many More...
Explore Mars at
the US Science and Engineering Festival
We are pleased to announce that Explore Mars will be present at the US Science and Engineering Festival that will be taking place on April 26-27 in Washington, DC (http://www.usasciencefestival.org/). The Explore Mars section will feature Dr. Robert Terry who will be conducting a program called “Mars: Safe, Simple, and Soon.” Working with pre-selected group of student/teacher challengers, we will move the group through a three part activity over the 45 minute period:
A. Choose your ride: the participants get a quick brief on radiation protection, artificial gravity, and some plain or fancy strategies for mitigation of the hazards. B. Choose your mission: the participants get a quick brief on interplanetary trajectories (with "Trajectory Planner" or perhaps STK), a choice of surface dates on a Martian calendar, and a choice of landing sites. C. Holes in the ground: we do a simple cratering activity with sand and mineral oil to show the relation between projectile energy and crater volume. We encourage teams of students (teachers or parents) to form up into small groups to attack these challenges.
If you are at the US Science and Engineering Fair, we hope you will stop by and say hello. We are also looking for volunteers to help us at the Explore Mars display. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Humans to Mars Panel Spotlight:
“Practicing for Mars: Analogs on Earth, ISS and Beyond”
“Practicing for Mars: Analogs on Earth, ISS and Beyond” will discuss the types of Mars mission simulations, experiments and research we are doing to prepare for future Mars missions. Speakers include:
Sam Scimemi, NASA International Space Station director (moderator)
Pascal Lee, Mars Institute co-founder and chairman
David Korth, NASA flight director
Bill Paloski, NASA Human Research Program manager
Terry Fong, NASA Intelligent Robotics Group director and Human Exploration Telerobotics project manager
Explore Mars is partnering with Yuri's Night to initiate Humans to Mars Summit (H2M) Orbiting events. We invite individuals and groups around the world to set up programs that will highlight human exploration of Mars. These events can be sessions to view the H2M webcast (http://new.livestream.com/viewnow/exploremars) or they can have their own programming to discuss the future of Human exploration of Mars. Our goal is to have a network of hundreds of H2M Orbiting Events around the world that will show the overwhelming support for human missions to Mars.
Thus far, over 450 schools have committed to view the webcast and possibly create their own programming. In addition, events will be help in such locations as London and Strasbourg, France.
Helping STEM Educators Teach Mars
in the Classroom
Explore Mars will be continuing our Teaching Mars Workshop series at H2M 2014. A Teaching Mars Workshop will be held on the afternoon of April 23rd from 2:00-4:30pm. The goal of Teaching mars is to bring space professionals and STEM educators together to discuss how to integrate Mars Exploration into everyday science classes. STEM educators are welcome to attend this event for free. Teaching Mars participants include Rebecca Jaramillo (Senior Educator, Center for Integrative STEM Education; National Institute of Aerospace); Ken Brandt (Astronomy Lecturer, Robeson Planetarium and Science Center: JPL/NASA Solar System Ambassador); Steven H. Williams (Smithsonian Institution: National Air and Space Museum; Chief of STEM Engagement). If you plan to attend the Teaching Mars Workshop, please RSVP at TeachingMars@exploremars.org.
Pete Worden, Director NASA Ames, Speaking at the H2M 2014 Summit Lunch reception:
At noon on April 24, there will be a special speakers lunch featuring NASA Ames Director, Pete Worden in the City View Room at GWU. In addition to lunch, we will also be serving wine provided by private astronaut, businessman, and wine producer, Greg Olsen. Make sure to register early. Space is limited for this event. Registration for this lunch is $45 (fee will increase on April 8th)
On the day after H2M (April 25), we'll be sending a team up to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staff. There has been growing support for Mars exploration in Congress recently and Explore Mars hopes to broaden that support. If you plan to join us for this exciting event, please register today.
Students receive free admission
first day of the
Humans to Mars Summit 2014
In an effort to continue to stimulate STEM education and inspire the next generations, Explore Mars is pleased to announce that it will waive registration fees for the first day of the Humans to Mars Summit 2014, April 22, in Washington DC for any Student wishing to attend. The Humans to Mars Summit will be held at The George Washington University, Washington DC, April 22-24 2014. A discounted rate will also be offered to students who wish to participate in the full event the following 2 days April 23 & 24th. If you are a student wishing to attend please follow the link below and the student registration options from there. Email email@example.com with any questions.