H2M: The Humans to Mars Summit has become the premier annual conference focused on getting humans to Mars. With an already impressive lineup of speakers, H2M 2015 is quickly shaping up to be our best summit yet. The tentative list of speakers and the current agenda can be found HERE.
Mars Affordability and Sustainability Initiative: This program has brought together stakeholders representing government, industry and commercial, academia, and international players to advance a path to Mars that is both affordable and sustainable. The report for the first Mars Affordability workshop, which took place in Washington, DC, can be found HERE. The report for the second Mars Affordability workshop, which recently took place at CalTech, will be available soon.
Why Mars: There are a host of compelling reasons to explore Mars. However, the greater space community is still not always clear and concise in explaining and conveying those reasons to the general public and to policy makers. The Why Mars Workshops bring together space professionals, policy experts, public relations experts, representatives from the science fiction, entertainment, and media communities, and others to create messaging that will better articulate why we will be sending humans to Mars. First messaging from this effort will be available in early 2015.
ExoLance: We have already begun the design phase of ExoLance, and in 2015 we will begin development and testing. Thus far, we have received over $100,000 in in-kind and cash donations. However, we need to more than double that number in the next few months in order to move forward. We also will be announcing some exciting new partners over the next few months and will announce some significant updates.
Time Capsule to Mars: This student-led mission to land a digital time capsule on Mars by 2019 is revving up. We have assembled an impressive team of students, professional mentors, and corporate and academic supporters, and our students will produce the first hardware for the mission in the first quarter of 2015.
2nd Mars Generation Survey: In 2013, Explore Mars conducted the first Mars Generation Survey, which showed that over 70 percent of Americans support Mars exploration. In the first quarter of 2015, we are aiming to conduct a follow-up poll to gauge whether that support is still high and to provide invaluable updates to policy makers, the space community, and the general public.
Through events such as Mars Day on the Hill, Congressional briefing events, and other similar outreach activities, Explore Mars has successfully built relationships with many congressional and executive branch offices. Explore Mars will also reach out to every major Presidential campaign to provide input on why and how human missions to Mars should occur by the 2030s.
Teaching Mars Workshops: Teaming space professionals with STEM educators, the Teaching Mars Workshop series will continue in 2015. In these workshops, space professionals and STEM educators brainstorm how Mars can be integrated into the classroom.
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