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

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

​Day 1 | It’s Time to Explore Mars!: Day 1 will feature ‘TED Talk’ formatted presentations through which a narrative will be built.  This narrative will not only highlight the science and engineering, but also the overall societal aspects of humans to Mars (STEM, innovation, international cooperation, etc.).

​Day 2 | The Pathway and Science: Day 2 will feature in-depth discussions based on what is determined to be necessary within the space stakeholder community to get humans to Mars. This day will feature discussions and updates on architectures, science, challenges, and what the next steps should be.

​Day 3 | From Sci-Fi to Reality: Day 3 will be a half-day session. It will feature prominent figures in marketing,entertainment, policy, and science fiction, who will discuss what inspires and compels the public, policy makers, and the world. It will focus on how we can collaboratively maintain and build long-term support and enthusiasm for human exploration of Mars.  

Some of our tentative speakers already 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)

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.

Register Here