an Explore Mars Event

May 16-18, 2023

The National Academy of Sciences Building

Washington D.C.

Dr. G Scott Hubbard

NASA Ames, former Center Director | Stanford University, Dept of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Dr. Scott Hubbard has been a leader in space exploration for almost 50 years. His career includes a National Lab, a start-up venture, NASA, and Stanford. At NASA, Dr. Hubbard is best known as Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, the first Mars Program Director (aka the "Mars Czar"), and the founder of NASA's Astrobiology Institute. As the sole NASA member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), Hubbard’s work demonstrated the definitive technical cause of the accident. At Stanford, Hubbard has been very active in the emerging entrepreneurial space enterprise, establishing a peer-reviewed journal New Space, and creating the Stanford Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. Although now retired from teaching and advising, Hubbard continues to Chair the SpaceX Commercial Crew Safety Advisory Panel and serve on various committees for the National Academy, NASA and other groups. He is the author of the award winning "Exploring Mars: Chronicles from a Decade of Discovery" and his many honors include eight NASA medals including NASA’s highest recognition, the Distinguished Service Medal. More background is available at including Hubbard's lifelong passion for playing music.