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Confirmed & Tentative 2017 Speakers Include:
The Humans to Mars Summit (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. This conference is one of the most authoritative and diverse Mars exploration events, with the involvement of the leading technical and policy experts from NASA, industry, the science community, and academia. There is now a clear consensus among NASA, the aerospace industry and policymakers that a human mission to Mars by the 2030s is not just feasible, but affordable as well, if the proper measures are taken. H2M is an important part of Explore Mars’s ongoing programming to help advance policy and excite the public regarding human Mars missions.

Buzz Aldrin

Astronaut, Gemini XII and Apollo XI

Buzz Aldrin

William Gerstenmaier

NASA: Associate Administrator, HEOMD

William Gerstenmaier

Tiffany Montague

Former Manager, Google Space Initiatives

Tiffany Montague

Pascal Lee

Director, Mars Institute, Haughton-Mars Project

Pascal Lee

Talal Al Kaissi

Senior Advisor Commercial Affairs & Special Projects & Director of U.S. – U.A.E. Space Affairs

Talal Al Kaissi

Jenn Gustetic

NASA HQ, Program Executive for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR)

Jenn Gustetic

Michael Fuller

Orbital ATK, Propulsion Systems

Michael Fuller

Matt Duggan

Boeing

Matt Duggan

Penny Boston

NASA: Astrobiology Institute

Penny Boston

Steve Jurczyk

NASA, Associate Administrator, STMD

Steve Jurczyk

John Grunsfeld

former astronaut and former NASA Associate Administrator

John Grunsfeld

Clementine Poidatz

Actor, National Geographic series, Mars

Clementine Poidatz

Thomas Zurbuchen

NASA: Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate

Thomas Zurbuchen

Ann Merchant

Science and Entertainment Exchange, National Academy of Sciences

Ann Merchant

Jim Cantrell

CEO and Founder, Vector Launch Systems

Jim Cantrell

James Green

NASA: Director, Planetary Science

James Green

Janet Ivey

Creator and Star of Janets Planet

Janet Ivey

Leonard David"

Journalist; author of National Geographic Book, Mars

Leonard David

Joe Cassady

Executive Director Space, Washington D.C., Aerojet Rocketdyne

Joe Cassady

Tim Cichan

Space Exploration Architect, Lockheed Martin

Tim Cichan

Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio, The Planetary Society

Mat Kaplan

Michael Raftery

President, TerraTrace Corp; former Boeing

Michael Raftery

Abigail "Astronaut Abby" Harrison

Board Chair at The Mars Generation | Aspiring scientist and NASA Astronaut | Wellesley Astrobiology Student

Abigail "Astronaut Abby" Harrison

Artemis Westenberg

President; Board of Directors

Artemis Westenberg

Monday, May 8, 2017 | Pre-H2M Activities

The George Washington University

Washington DC

NOTE: This is an early version of the H2M 2017 agenda. All speakers, times, and topics are subject to change or modification. Many updates will be made in the upcoming weeks.

4:00 | iGiant Workshop

  • Saralyn Mark (iGiant, President)

7:00 | Film Screening and Panel – Passage to Mars

  • Pascal Lee (The Mars Institute: Director)

9:00 | Drinks with Explore Mars -location TBD

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | Lisner Auditorium

The George Washington University

Washington DC

NOTE: This is an early version of the H2M 2017 agenda. All speakers, times, and topics are subject to change or modification. Many updates will be made in the upcoming weeks.

7:30-8:30 | Breakfast and Registration

8:30-8:40 | Opening Introductions

  • Artemis Westenberg (Explore Mars, President)
  • Chris Carberry (Explore Mars, CEO)

8:40- 9:00 | The Year in Review: 2017 Humans to Mars Report

  • Bret Drake (The Aerospace Corporation, Space Architect)
  • Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne, Executive Director, Space)

9:00-9:25 | Opening Plenary

  • Senior NASA Official - TBA

9:25-10:15 | NASA Associate Administrator Panel

  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (Planetary Radio, Host and Producer)
  • William Gerstenmaier (NASA: Associate Administrator, HEOMD)
  • Thomas Zurburchen (NASA: Associate Administrator, SMD)
  • Steve Jurczyk (NASA, Associate Administrator, STMD)

10:15-10:35 | Break

10:35-11:25 | Mars: An International Destination: US and International missions and updates from international space agencies

  • Moderator: James Green (NASA: Director, Planetary Science)
  • Talal Kaissi(Director of U.S.-UAE Space Affairs)

11:25-11:35 | Special Message form Hollywood Celebrity

11:35-11:45 | Michael Evrand-Vescio (8th Grader, The Weiss School, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

11:45-12:30 | STEM Panel

  • Moderator: Lance Bush (Challenger Center: President and CEO)
  • Janet Ivey (Janet's Planet; President and Chief Creative Officer)
  • Abigail "Astronaut Abby" Harrison (The Mars Generation, Aspiring Astronaut)

12:30-1:30 | Lunch

1:30-1:50 | Afternoon Keynote Speaker TBA

1:50-2:40 | Mars and Hollywood: Part 2

  • Moderator: Ann Merchant (Science and Entertainment Exchange, National Academy of Science)
  • Clementine Poidatz (Actress, National Geographic series, Mars)

2:40-3:00 | Afternoon Keynote Speaker TBA

3:00- 3:15 | Break

3:15-4:15 | Mars Architectures: A Side by Side discussion: Short Minute Presentations followed by discussion (Note: More detailed overviews will be presented on the afternoon of May 10th)

  • Moderator: John Connally (NASA: Lead, Human Mars Study Team )
  • Matt Duggan (The Boeing Corporation: Manager for Exploration)
  • Timothy Cichan (Lockheed Martin: Space Exploration Technology Architect)
  • Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne: Executive Director, Space)
  • Mike Fuller (Orbital ATK: Propulsion Systems)

4:15-5:05 | Mars Jobs: Small business and Mars exploration

  • Moderator: Grant Anderson (Paragon Space Development Corp)
  • Jenn Gusteric (NASA: Program Executive for Small Business Innovation Research)
  • Joe Hartz (Senior Professional Staff, U.S. House Small Business Committee)

5:05-5:30 | Policy Speaker TBA

5:30-7:00 | H2M 2017 Onsite Opening Reception

7:00-8:30 | Evening Program – Risky Business: Risk Tolerance and Space Exploration

  • John Grunsfeld (former Astronaut; former NASA Assoc. Administrator)
  • Tiffany Montague (former Manager, Google Space Projects; Explore Mars Board Member)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | Lisner Auditorium

The George Washington University

Washington DC

NOTE: This is an early version of the H2M 2017 agenda. All speakers, times, and topics are subject to change or modification. Many updates will be made in the upcoming weeks.

7:30-8:30 | Breakfast & Registration

8:30-8:45 | Introductions and Goals

  • Harley Thronson (NASA GSFC, Senior Scientist for Advanced Concepts)

8:45-9:45 | Opening Author Discusiion

9:45-10:05 | Break

10:05-11:10 | Mars: How Will We Achieve It? (panel)

11:10-12:15 | Mars: How We Will Afford and Sustain Human Exploration (panel)

12:15-2:00 | Speaker Lunch – Separate Registration – Jim Cantrell (Vector Space Systems: CEO and Founder)

12:15-2:00 | Informal Discussion of Key Issues (during lunch)

   

2:00-5:00 | Afternoon Technical Sessions

2:00-3:30 | Session 1: Human Space Flight

  • Moderator: Harley Thronson (NASA GSFC, Senior Scientist for Advanced Concepts)
  • ISS
  • Cis-Lunar Operations
  • Mars Scenarios
  • International Opportunities

3:30-5:00 | Construction: The Next Steps in Human Exploration: NASA Update

2:00-3:30 | Session 2: Mars Science

  • Moderator:TBA ()
  • Latest from Curiosity
  • Plans for ExoMars/Mars 2020
  • Precursor Opportunities in the Next Decade
  • Humans + Robots on the Mars Surface

3:30-5:00 | TBD

2:00-5:00 | Session 3: Mars Architecture Sessions (Brief talks ~20 min each; followed by roundtable Q & A Panel)

  • Moderator:Bret Drake (The Aerospace Corporation)
  • Mike Fuller (Orbital ATK: Propulsion Systems)
  • John Baker (JPL)
  • Matt Duggan (The Boeing Corporation: Manager for Exploration)
  • Timothy Cichan (Lockheed Martin: Space Exploration Technology Architect)
  • Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne: Executive Director, Space)
  • John Connally (NASA: Lead, Human Mars Study Team )

6:00-8:00 | Off-site Evening Reception TBA (Separate Registration Required)

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | Lisner Auditorium

The George Washington University

Washington DC

NOTE: This is an early version of the H2M 2017 agenda. All speakers, times, and topics are subject to change or modification. Many updates will be made in the upcoming weeks.

8:00-8:45 | Registration and Breakfast

8:45-9:15 | The Day The Mars Stood Still: How Purdue Students would Start Settlements on Mars

  • Sarag Saikia (Purdue University, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics)

9:15-10:05 | Are there benefits to going to the Moon first?

10:05-10:25 | Break

10:25-11:15 | Diplomacy and Space

  • Mike Mozena (Senior Policy Adviser,U.S. Representative Mike Honda)

11:15-11:35 | Speaker

11:35-12:20 | Where do we go from here?

12:20-12:50 | Special VIP Speaker

12:50-1:00 | Closing Comments

End of The Humans to Mars Summit 2017

2:00-3:00 | Capitol Hill Briefing Panel

3:00-5:00 | Distribution of H2MR to Congressional Offices

May 12, 2017

9:00-5:00 | Distribution of H2MR to Congressional Offices

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