Space Exploration Alliance Blitz 2015

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[br]The Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) will be holding its annual grassroots visit to Congress, known as the “Legislative Blitz”, in Washington, D.C. from Sunday, February 22 to Tuesday, February 24, 2015. With unprecedented budgetary pressures facing the legislative and executive branches of government, it is uncertain which path our nation’s leaders will take with respect to our nation’s space program. More than ever before, it is absolutely critical that the voices of the space advocacy community be heard in this debate. Come join space advocates from around the country to let Congress know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious space program. [br]
The Space Exploration Alliance is a collaboration of leading non-profit organizations that advocate for the exploration and development of outer space, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Explore Mars, Inc., Federation of Galaxy Explorers, Moon Society, Mars Society, National Society of Black Engineers, National Space Society, The Planetary Society, Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation, and Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.
(Please note that registration for this event closes on February 1, 2015. Due to scheduling requirements, we regret that we will be unable to accommodate any requests to register after that date.)

For more information, please contact Rick Zucker at [email protected]

 

Affording Mars Workshop Summary

NEWS RELEASE

Media Contact:

Anath Hartmann

Phillips & Company

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Human Mission to Mars is Both Feasible, Affordable

Industry, Government Leaders Issue Consensus Statement on Six Principles to Achieve a Human Mars Mission by the 2030s

 

WASHINGTON, DC January 14, 2014 — A global working group of more than sixty leaders from more than thirty government, industry and academic organizations issued a joint statement today announcing consensus that a human mission to Mars is both feasible and affordable assuming policy consistency among international space agencies and levels of funding consistent with pre-sequestration levels and modest increases annually in line with inflation.

This group launched this initiative with the goal of building stakeholder consensus on what is necessary to make human Mars exploration feasible, sustainable, and affordable within two decades. To begin this international effort, Explore Mars, Inc. and the American Astronautical Society (AAS) hosted the Affording Mars Workshop on December 3-5, 2013 at George Washington University.

 

Participants assessed scenarios for compelling human and robotic exploration of Mars, the role of the International Space Station (ISS) over the coming decade, possible cost-effective “bridge” missions in the 2020s to follow ISS, key capabilities required for initial missions, international partnerships, and an actionable definition of affordability and sustainability.

 

Leaders agreed on six core principles:

 

1)         Sending humans to Mars is affordable with the right partnerships, commitment to efficiency, constancy of purpose, and policy/budget consistency.

2)        Human exploration of Mars is technologically feasible by the 2030s.

3)        Mars should be the priority for human space flight over the next two to three decades.

4)        Between now and 2030, investments and activities in the human exploration of space must be prioritized in a manner that advances the objective of initial human missions to Mars beginning in the 2030s.

5)        Utilizing the International Space Station (ISS) is essential for human missions to deep space.

6)        Continuation of robotic precursor missions to Mars throughout the 2020’s is essential for the success of human missions to Mars.

 

“This is no small achievement,” said Jim Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of AAS. “This is the first time such a diverse group has come together to agree that sending humans to Mars is both a priority and possible.”

 

Initiated by the December workshop, working groups will meet regularly in 2014 to develop scenario and cost analyses, Level 0 and Level 1 requirements and strategies for fully-utilizing the space station.

 

“Exploration is critical to innovation and the prosperity of the country,” stated Explore Mars Executive Director, Chris Carberry, adding, “We can explore Mars without a major increase in funding so long as we are able to maintain a consistent policy and build strong partnerships. If we are steadfast and united in the cause, we will have the technology and the capability to make Mars a part of our human story.”

 

Click Here to read the full report:

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About American Astronautical Society (AAS)

Founded in 1954, the American Astronautical Society is the premier network of current and future space professionals dedicated to advancing all space activities. AAS has long been recognized for the excellence of its national meetings, technical meetings, symposia, and publications and for their impact on shaping the U.S. space program. Members have opportunities to meet with leaders in their field and in related disciplines, exchange information and ideas, discuss career aspirations and expand their knowledge and expertise. For more information visit   www.astronautical.org.

 

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Full Report of Mars Generation Survey Results Available

As promised when the snap shot report was presented to you all on February 11, you find here the full version of the Mars Generation National Poll, that measured the support of the US citizen for the exploration of Mars.

Tthe report with all findings and full analysis of the nationwide opinion poll about human and robotic exploration of Mars. [br]The Mars Generation Survey was designed to understand attitudes and opinions about space exploration missions, the goal of human space exploration, NASA’s budget, and the future of human space exploration. Incidentally “Mars Generation” is the word used by NASA to describe the generation of today, that will witness humans walking on Mars. Just like the “Apollo Generation” watched humans walk on our Moon.

The poll targeted a stratified random sample of 1,101 Americans 18 years and older and was taken between February 4, 2013, and February 6, 2013.  1,101 respondents representing a 95% confidence level and margin of error of +/-3% answered the survey online. The survey was conducted by email and targeted a nationwide sample. All efforts were made to ensure a representative sample of the U.S. population 18 years and older given normal standards of statistical sampling.

This full report includes additional findings by region, education-level, income-level and ethnicity.

find below the full report

The “Mars Generation” survey was conducted by the independent market research team at Phillips & Company and sponsored by Explore Mars, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and The Boeing Corporation.

Explore Mars and the George Washington University Space Policy Institute will host [br]the Humans to Mars (H2M) Summit on May 6-8, 2013, at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC,[br]to address the major technical, scientific, and policy related challenges of landing men and women on Mars within twenty years. [br][br]Featured speakers include Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Bolden, Vint Cerf, Dennis Tito, Rebecca Keiser, Miles O’Brien and Steve Squyres. [br]To register and learn more, visit[br]

Mars Generation Survey first results

First results of the survey among general Americans are out.

The survey was conducted between Feb. 4, 2013, and Feb. 6, 2013, targeting a stratified random sample of 1,101 respondents representing a 95% confidence level and margin of error of +/-3%. The survey was conducted by email and targeted a nationwide sample. All efforts were made to ensure a representative sample of the U.S. population 18 years and older given normal standards of statistical sampling.

find here a snapshot of the first results

Mars Generation survey snapshot report, February 11, 2013

The “Mars Generation” survey was conducted by the independent market research team at Phillips & Company and sponsored by Explore Mars, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and The Boeing Corporation.

A full report containing the survey findings is scheduled to be released on March 4. The full report will include additional findings by region, education-level, income-level and ethnicity.

Explore Mars and the George Washington University Space Policy Institute will host the Humans to Mars (H2M) Summit on May 6-8, 2013, at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC, to address the major technical, scientific, and policy related challenges of landing men and women on Mars within twenty years. [br][br]Featured speakers include Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Bolden, Vint Cerf, Rebecca Keiser, Miles O’Brien and Steve Squyres. [br]To register and learn more, visit[br]