Here on Earth

Explore Mars Inc. &

Space Policy Institute at

The George Washington University present:

The Humans to Mars Summit

May 5-7, 2015

at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.


Explore Mars, Inc. is pleased to announce that pre-registration has begun for the 2015 Humans to Mars Summit (H2M).  H2M is a comprehensive Mars exploration conference that addresses the major technical, scientific, and policy challenges of getting humans to Mars, as well as how such missions can have positive impacts on STEM education, American Competitiveness and other important collateral issues.

“H2M has become the preeminent annual event focused on human missions to Mars,” stated Explore Mars Executive Director, Chris Carberry.  “We expect H2M 2015 to be by far our most successful and impactful event yet.”

In 2014, H2M had an onsite attendance of almost 650 people and also boasted over 100,000 viewers online.  In 2015, Explore Mars intends to dramatically increase both of these numbers, making a clear statement in support of humans to Mars to leaders in the United States and around the world.

Humans to Mars Summit April 24,2014

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H2M 2015 will also feature a new and exciting format, with each day having a specific theme:

May 5, 2015


8:45-9:00 | Welcome/Acknowledgements/etc.

9:00-9:30 | Mars – Year in Review – Release of Mars Exploration Progress Report

9:30-10:00 | Opening Plenary

10:00-11:00 | Leadership Panel

11:00-11:20 | Break


Short Talk sessions

11:20-11:40 | Why Mars

11:45-12:05 | is there Life on Mars

12:10-12:30 | ExoLance: Search for life below the Martian Surface

12:30-2:00 | Lunch


2:00-2:20 | Time Capsule to Mars

2:25-2:45 | the History of Humans to Mars

2:50- 3:10 | When will humans go to Mars?

3:15-3:35 | How will humans go to Mars?

3:35-3:50 | Break


3:50-4:10 | Living on Mars

4:15-4:35 | Creating Partnerships

4:40-5:00 | the Politics of Mars

5:05-5:25 | Closing speaker

5:30-7:00 | Onsite Reception


May 6, 2015



8:45-9:45 | Panel: Affordability and Sustainability: Mars Architectural Review

9:45-10:00 | Break

10:00-11:00 | Panel: Mars Science: The 2020s and Enabled by Astronauts in the 2030s

11:00-12:00 | Talk: Critical Mars Technologies

12:00-2:00 | Speaker Lunch – Separate Admission to be announced in 2015


Afternoon | Parallel Technical Panels

Session One

2:00-3:30 | In-Space Propulsion

3:30-5:00 | In-Space Habitation for the 2020s


Session Two

2:00-3:30 | Entry, Descent, and Landing for the 2020s and Beyond

3:30-5:00 | Today’s Stepping Stone: ISS


May 7, 2015 


9:00-10:00 | Panel – From Sci-Fi to Reality

10:00-11:00 | Panel – Inspiring Support – Public Engagement

11:00-11:20 | Break


11:20-12:20 | Political Roundtable – Building Political Sustainability

12:20-1:00 | Closing Speaker

Confirmed and Tentative Speakers include :

  • Steve Squyres (Cornell University)
  • Rebecca Keiser (NASA; American University)
  • Tiffany Montague (Former Manager, Google Space Initiatives)
  • Alan Stern (Uwingu)
  • Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne)
  • Emily Briere (Time Capsule to Mars)
  • Rich Phillips (Phillips and Company)
  • Jim Garvin (NASA)
  • Scott Hubbard (Stanford University)
  • William Gerstenmaier (NASA)
  • Miles O’Brien (PBS)
  • Ellen Stofan (NASA)
  • Michael Gazarik (NASA)
  • John Grunsfeld (NASA)

According to Explore Mars President,  Artemis Westenberg,”We have come a long way in a relatively short time through our Humans to Mars Summits. We have helped to change the attitude of policymakers and space industry leaders from ‘Mars-is-too-hard’ to ‘Mars-is-doable’,and from ‘Mars-is-too-expensive’ to ‘Mars-is-affordable’. What remains now is to spread the word that Mars is a necessary destination for us humans . We expect that the Humans to Mars Summit of 2015 will help to bring this to fruition “

To take advantage of the special “pre-registration” rate of $125, please register here before the fee increases on September 30, 2014.

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