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The Humans to Mars Summit 2017

May 9-11, 2017

The George Washington University

Washington DC

May 8, 2017 – Pre-H2M Activities, Amphitheater, The Marvin Center

3:30 | iGiant Workshop (Invitation Only)
7:00 | Film Screening and Panel – Passage to Mars ( Separate Registration Required)

May 9, 2017 – Day 1 The Humans to Mars Summit 2017

7:30-8:30 | Continental Breakfast (Danish, fruit, juice, coffee) & Registration

8:30-8:40 | Opening Introductions
8:40- 9:00 | The Year in Review: 2017 Humans to Mars Report
9:00-9:20 | Opening Plenary
9:20-10:05 | NASA Associate Administrator Panel

10:05-10:20 | Defining NASA's Deep-Space Gateway and Transport Plan

10:20-10:35 | Break

10:35-11:25 | Mars: An International Destination: US and International missions and updates from international space agencies
11:25-11:30 | Lights, Camera, Exploration
  • Jancy McPhee (Executive Director of SciArt Exchange)

11:30-11:40 | Michael Evrard-Vescio (8th Grader, The Weiss School, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

11:40-12:35 | Inspiring the Martians of Tomorrow
12:35-1:35 | Lunch Break
1:25-2:35 | Mars Jobs: Small Business and the Supply Chain

2:35-3:05 | Buzz Aldrin (Astronaut, Gemini XII & Apollo XI)

3:05- 3:20 | Break

3:20-4:20 | Mars Architectures: A Side by Side discussion: Short Minute Presentations followed by discussion (Note: More detailed overviews were presented on the afternoon of May 10th)
4:20-5:10 | Mars and Hollywood
5:10-5:30 | An Update on United States Space Exploration Policy TBA

5:30-7:00 | H2M 2017 Onsite Opening Reception (Separate Registration Required)

7:00-7:30 | Women Paving the Path to Mars: A Conversation with Astronaut Abby and Ellen Stofan
7:30-9:00 | Evening Program – Risky Business: Risk Tolerance and Space Exploration

May 10, 2017 – Day 2 The Humans to Mars Summit 2017, Lisner Auditorium

7:30-8:30 | Continental Breakfast (Danish, fruit, juice, coffee) & Registration

8:30-8:45 | Introductions and Goals
8:45-9:45 | NASA’s Plan for Human Space Exploration: Opportunities and Challenges

9:45-10:00 | Break

10:00-11:10 | How We Can Achieve Humans on Mars by the 2030s (panel)
11:10-12:15 | The Path To Afford and Sustain Human Exploration of Mars (panel)

12:15-2:00 | Speaker Lunch: Jim Cantrell (Vector Space Systems, CEO and Founder) City View Room at the George Washington University (Separate Registration Required)

12:45-1:45 | Informal Roundtable Q & A with Leaders in Human Exploration (Food is not allowed in Auditorium)

2:00-5:00 | Parallel Afternoon Technical Sessions

Session 1 | Betts Auditorium, The Marvin Center GWU

2:00-3:15 | Session 1a: Scientific Exploration of the Red Planet

3:15-5:00 | Session 1b: Getting Ready for Mars

Session 2 | Grand Ball Room, The Marvin Center GWU

2:00-4:00 | Session 2a: Sex and Gender in Human Space Exploration

4:00-5:00 | Session 2b: Protecting Mars and Earth in an Era of Extensive Robotic and Human Exploration

Session 3 | Lisner Auditorium, GWU

2:00-4:00 | Session 3a: Mars Architectures & Cis-Lunar Habitation (Brief talks ~20 min each; followed by roundtable Q & A Panel)

4:00-5:00 | Session 3b: Media, SciFi, and the Exploration of Mars

6:30-8:00 | Off-site Evening Reception City View Room at GWU (Separate Registration Required)
  • Reception Sponsor Ardbeg
  • Guest Speaker: David Blackmore (Ardbeg and Glenmorangie, Global Master Brand Ambassador)
  • Comments by: Peter McGrath (The Boeing Company,Global Sales & Marketing Director Space Exploration)
  • Musician/composer Peter Alexander to perform selections from the new rock opera - One Way Trip to Mars

May 11, 2017 – Day 3 The Humans to Mars Summit 2017, Lisner Auditorium

7:30-8:30 | Continental Breakfast (Danish, fruit, juice, coffee) & Registration

8:45-9:15 | The Day Mars Stood Still: How Purdue Students Would Start Settlements on Mars
9:15-10:10 | Is the Moon a Good Step on the Way to Mars?

10:10-10:25 | Break

10:25-11:25 | Diplomacy and Space
11:25-12:05 | Watson/M: Embodied Cognition for a Mission to Mars
12:05-12:45 | Where Do We Go From Here?

12:45-1:00 | Closing Comments

Conclusion of The Humans to Mars Summit 2017

2:00-3:00 | Capitol Hill Briefing Panel: We Can Land Humans on Mars by 2033, Room 253 Russell Senate Office Building ( Separate Registration Required)

3:00-5:00 | Distribution of H2MR to Congressional Offices (Separate Registration Required)

May 12, 2017

9:00-5:00 | Distribution of H2MR to Congressional Offices (Separate Registration Required)

The Humans to Mars Summit 2017

May 9-11, 2017

The George Washington University

Washington DC

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