2016 Speakers Include

The George Washington University, Washington D.C.

May 17-19, 2016

Dava Newman

Deputy Administrator NASA

Dava Newman

Buzz Aldrin

Astronaut, Gemini XII and Apollo XI

Buzz Aldrin

Andy Weir

Author The Martian

Andy Weir

Joe Cassady

Aerojet Rocketdyne; Executive Director, Space

Joe Cassady

Julie Van Kleeck

Vice President Advanced Space and Launch Business Unit, Aerojet Rocketdyne

Julie Van Kleeck

Wanda Sigur

Vice President and General Manager Civil Space, Space Systems Company Lockheed Martin

Wanda Sigur

Grant Anderson

President and CEO, Co-Founder Paragon SDC

Grant Anderson

Jacquelyn (Jacki) Morie

Owner/CEO at All These Worlds, LLC

Jacquelyn (Jacki) Morie

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H2M 2016 May 17-19, 2016

The Humans to Mars Summit 2016

The George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Press & Media Registration available

H2M 2016 May 17-19, 2016

NASA Employers & Employees should know: H2M is a Widely Attended Gathering (WAG) - http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/h2m_conference_5.17-19.16.pdf

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Event Information

Secondary Registration Now Open

City View Set for a Wedding

May 18 Speaker Luncheon

Join us in the beautiful City View Room at GWU, featuring expansive views of the DC monuments for our speaker lunch featuring Catherine (Cari) M. Corrigan Geologist/Curator of Antarctic Meteorites, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Corrigan will discuss "When Mars Falls to Earth: Exploring the Solar System through Meteorite Samples". As part of her talk, Dr. Corrigan will provide meteorite samples that will be available to view.

The buffet lunch* will feature arugula salad with sliced pears, chicken roulade, mesquite smoked, black pepper-crusted london broil, zucchini & carrot fritters, with a spring berry timbale for dessert.

In addition, once again, this lunch will feature a South African Pinotage (red wine) from the vineyards of private astronaut, Greg Olsen.  White wine, lemonade, iced tea and water will also be served.

This luncheon is a very popular event at H2M and usually sells out completely in advance of the conference. We recommend that you purchase your tickets as soon as possible to guarantee your spot as attendance is limited.  Designated sponsor attendees and VIPs will be pre-registered and do not need to register here.

*Portions of the menu are suitable for, or can be modified to accommodate, most dietary restrictions.  The salad and fritters are vegetarian and gluten-free.  The dessert is vegetarian and there will be a gluten-free dessert option.  If you have other dietary restrictions, please email debbiecohen@exploremars.org and specify “H2M Dietary Restriction” in the subject line.

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May 18 Evening Reception

Join us for a special reception at a beautiful rooftop space overlooking the Old Executive Office Building with beautiful views to the east and south of the city.  Associate Administrator and Former NASA astronaut, John Grunsfeld, will be our special guest at this event.

Once again, we welcome the folks from Ardbeg, who will be doing a tasting of several varieties of Ardbeg scotch whiskey. This is a premium, single malt scotch distilled and aged on the small Scottish isle of Islay. Ardbeg glasses will be provided as a take-home souvenir of this event. The tasting was a very popular part of the off-site reception last year.

A selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres* will be served, with wine, beer and soft beverages available at the bar.

This is a very popular event, and space is limited, so please register today. Designated sponsor attendees and VIPs will be pre-registered and do not need to register here.

*Several of the food items will be suitable for our vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free guests, however if you have other dietary restrictions, please email debbiecohen@exploremars.org and specify “H2M Dietary Restriction” in the subject line.

The Humans to Mars Summit 2016

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The George Washington University, Washington D.C.

May 17-19, 2016

‘Tentative’ Agenda: Speakers and session times are subject to change. Over the next few weeks numerous speakers will be added and this agenda will be refined.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Lisner Auditorium

8:00-8:30 | Breakfast and Registration

8:30-8:40 | Opening Introductions

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

8:40- 9:00 | The Year in Review: 2016 Humans to Mars Report

  • Bret Drake (Aerospace Corp)
  • Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne)

9:00-9:30 | Plenary NASA Speaker

  • Moderator: Frank Morring (Aviation Week, Senior Editor/Space)
  • Dava Newman (NASA, Deputy Administrator)

9:30-10:20 | Mars: How and Why

  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (Host and Producer, Planetary Radio)
  • James Green (NASA Director, Planetary Sciences)
  • Greg Williams (NASA: Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy and Plans, HEOMD)
  • Steve Jurczyk (NASA, Associate Administrator, STMD)

10:20-10:40 | Break

10:40-11:00 | George Nield (FAA: Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation)

11:00-12:00 | Hollywood and Mars (Panel)

  • Moderator: Keri Kukral (Raw Science; CEO and Co-Founder)
  • Andrew Weir (Author, The Martian)
  • Ann Merchant (Science and Entertainment Exchange, National Academy of Sciences)
  • Robert Palumbo (Executive Producer, National Geographic Channels)
  • Richard Lewis (Producer, The Space Between Us)

12:00-12:20 | Abigail ‘Astronaut Abby’ Harrison (The Mars Generation)

12:30-1:30 | Lunch and Andrew Weir book signing

1:30-1:50 | Ellen Stofan (NASA, Chief Scientist)

1:50-2:20 | Buzz Aldrin (Astronaut, Gemini XII and Apollo XI) & Sarag J. Saikia (Purdue University; Advanced Astrodynamics Concepts Visiting Assistant Professor)

2:20-3:15 | Virtual Reality and Space Exploration

  • Moderator: Jacki Morie (Founder and CEO, All these Worlds, LLC)
  • Peggy Wu (Sr. Research Scientist, Smart Information Flow Technologies – SIFT)
  • Larry Dungan (NASA: Project Manager and Electrical Designer, ARGOS Project)
  • Julian Reyes (Lead VR Producer, Fusion)
  • Dave Lavery (NASA: Program Executive For Solar System Exploration)

3:15-3:35 | Break

3:35-4:05 | Bill Nye (The Planetary Society, CEO)

4:05-5:00 | Policy Panel – Aligning the Journey to Mars with (other) National Needs)

  • Moderator: Mary Lynne Dittmar (Exec. Dir., Coalition for Deep Space Exploration; Member, Exec Committee, Space Studies Board of the National Academies)
  • Jan Davis (VP, Deputy General Manager, Jacobs Technology; NASA Astronaut (Retired), STS-47, STS-60, STS-80)
  • Madhurita (Madi) Sengupta (Program Manager, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA))

5:00-5:20 | Humans to Mars Summit Day 1 Wrap Up

  • Scott Hubbard (Director, Stanford Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation)

5:30-7:00 | Opening Reception

7:00-7:45 | In What Decade will We Land on Mars (Panel)

  • Moderator: Rick Tumlinson (New Worlds Institute, Founder)
  • Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne; Executive Director, Space)
  • Robert Zubrin (The Mars Society, President)
  • 7:45-9:00 | Envisioning Mars: an Interactive Conversation

  • Facilitator: Janet Ivey (Janet's Planet; President and Chief Creative Officer)
  • Abigail "Astronaut Abby" Harrison (The Mars Generation, Aspiring Astronaut)
  • Vera Mulyani (CEO, Mars City Design)
  • Holly Melear (Education Director of the New Worlds Institute)
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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Lisner Auditorium

    (Details and speakers continually updated)

    8:00-8:30 | Breakfast & Registration

    8:30-8:45 | Introductions and Goals

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

    8:45-9:45 | Moderated Discussion

    • Andy Weir (Author, The Martian)
    • Joel Achenbach (The Washington Post)

    9:45-11:15 | Panel Discussion: Industry Reps on Enabling Travel to Mars

    • Moderator: Grant Anderson (President and CEO, Paragon SDC)
    • John Elbon (Vice President and General Manager of the Space Exploration Division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Boeing)
    • Wanda Sigur (Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Corporation)
    • Julie Van Kleeck (Vice President, Advanced Space and Launch Business Unit, Aerojet Rocketdyne)
    • Charles Precourt (Vice President and General Manager of Propulsion Systems for Flight Systems Group, Orbital ATK)

    11:15-12:15 | Human Exploration and Mars Science

    • Moderator: James Watzin (NASA)
    • Richard M. Davis (NASA HQ/SMD, Assistant Director for Science & Exploration)
    • Cassie Conley (Planetary Protection Officer, NASA HQ)
    • James Head (Brown University)
    • Jacob Bleacher (NASA GSFC, Research Geologist)

    12:15-2:00 | Speaker Lunch When Mars Falls to Earth: Exploring the Solar System through Meteorite Samples (Separate Registration Required)

    • Catherine (Cari) M. Corrigan Geologist/Curator of Antarctic Meteorites, Smithsonian Institution
    • Meteorite samples will be available to view

       

    2:00-4:00 | Parallel Breakout Sessions

      2:00-4:00 | Session 1: Making It Happen

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

      | Knowledge Gaps

      • Deborah Bass (NASA JPL)

      | Asteroid Redirect Mission/ Solar Electric Propulsion (ARM/SEP)

      • Michael Barrett (NASA: Deputy Chief for the Space Technology Project Office)

      | Entry - Descent - Landing (EDL)

      • Rob Manning (NASA JPL, Mars Program Engineering Manager)

      | Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS)

      • Robyn Gatens (NASA HQ, Deputy Director, International Space Station Division)

    2:00-4:00 | Session 2: Steps to Human Exploration of Mars

    • Moderator: Bret Drake (The Aerospace Corporation, Space Architect)
     

      | International Space Station (ISS)

      • Sam Scimemi (NASA HQ, Director, International Space Station)

      | Space Launch System (SLS)/Orion

      • Gavin Mendeck (NASA JSC, Orion Mission & Systems Integrator)

      | Long-Duration CIS Lunar Habitation

      • Andrea Riley (NASA)

      | Telerobotics from Mars Orbit

      • Jim Bell (Professor, ASU School of Earth & Space Exploration, and President of The Planetary Society)

       

    4:00-5:00 | Vision to Reality: Human Exploration of Mars

    • Moderator: Kent Rominger (Orbital ATK, VP Business Development Propulsion Systems)
    • John Baker (NASA JPL, Program Area Manager, Humans Spaceflight Architectures)
    • Bret Drake (The Aerospace Corporation, Space Architect)
    • Bill Pratt (Lockheed Martin)
    • Pat Troutman (NASA LaRC, Senior Engineer, Systems Analysis)

    6:00-8:00 | Rooftop Offsite Reception near White House (Separate Registration Required)

  • Special Guest: John Grunsfeld (NASA, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate; Astronaut)
  • Special Ardbeg Scotch Tasting and much more…

       

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Betts Auditorium

    (Details and speakers continually updated)

    8:00 - 8:45 | Breakfast & Registration

    8:45-9:15 | Robert Zubrin (The Mars Society, President)

    9:15-10:35 | Innovation and Economics of Mars (Panel)

    • Moderator: Jeff Foust (Space News)
    • Chad Anderson (Managing Director, Space Angels Network)
    • Ken Davidian (FAA, Office of Commercial Space Transportation)
    • Jeff Sheehy (NASA, Space Technology Mission Directorate)
    • Hannah Kerner (Executive Director, Space Frontier Foundation)
    • Alex MacDonald (NASA: Emerging Space Program Executive)

    10:35-10:55 | Break

    10:55-11:20 | Living on Mars: We're going to Stay (Speaker)

    • David Brin via Skype (Science Fiction Author and Futurist)

    11:20-12:20 | Where do we go from here? A facilitated discussion

    • David Bearden (Aerospace Corp)

    12:20-12:50 | Special VIP Closing Speaker

    12:50-1:00 | Final Remarks

    Afternoon

    • Mars Day on the Hill: Congressional Briefing and office visits, Register Here

       

    Friday, May 20, 2016 | Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

    • Mars Day on the Hill: Congressional Briefing and office visits

    If you are a company or an organization looking for sponsorship opportunities please contact Explore Mars at info@exploremars.org

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