Contact your representative in the most direct way on 24 Sept. 2013[br]Visit her/him on the Hill[br]
This second Mars Blitz of 2013 is again organized by Explore Mars to further the cause of a human mission to Mars[br][br]Commit to debate STEM and Space, two for our nation so important issues [br]Have a chance of meeting with your representative face to face or at minimum meet with your congressional office[br]
Explore Mars will be conducting the 2nd Mars Day on the Hill on 24 September 2013. Just like the “We Choose to Explore Space” Congressional Blitz of September 12, 2012 we intend to use the fall budgetting weeks to let representatives in House and Senate hear how we expect them to support Mars exploration.
In 2013 Explore Mars was part of the SEA Blitz on 25-26 February and organised a Mars Day on the Hill following the Humans to Mars (H2M) summit on May 9.
Participants in this legislative outreach event will talk to key congressional offices about strategies for advancing our space program.
“This blitz will take place a little more than a year after the successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, and only a few months before the MAVEN satellite will be launched (18 November 2013) ” commented Explore Mars Executive Director, Chris Carberry. “We hope that the Curiosity mission and all the other developments in the space sector will lead to bi-partisan support in Congress for a sustainable and goal oriented space program.”
If you are interested in participating in the Mars Day on the Hill, [br]please register for this space advocacy drive at eventbrite.[br]To cover the costs of materials you will receive we ask for a $15 registration fee. [br]Students can register for $5.[br]If you have any questions contact Rick Zucker, Explore Mars’ Director of Political Outreach, at [email protected] [br]Space is limited in this event.[br]To train you for this event and inform you of the last minute details Explore Mars will hold an information telecon/webinar on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 -NOTE this date is tentative; time TBD.[br][br]And remember [br]ANYONE can do this.[br]This is what democracy is all about: [br]YOU talking to your representatives (or their staff) face to face to tell them what you want, what you expect of them. [br]Considering the outcome of the National Survey that Explore Mars had conducted in February this year, we know you all (the general public) want America to go to Mars within 20 years, to go there even if it is an international mission and America is not leading. You want us to go to Mars to learn about Mars, so for the science of it all. [br]Don’t miss out on an opportunity to say this out loud and exactly where it should be heard: House & Senate. [br]
17 september 2013 information telecon/webinar (date tentative; time TBD)
24 September 2013 the programme will run from 8 am till 5 pm.[br]
[br]To enter the House buildings you can use any visitors’ entrance of Rayburn, Longworth or Cannon. [br]The Cannon building is a very short walk from the Capitol South Metro station
[br]If it rains we recommend you enter the buildings on the House side here and reach Longworth or Rayburn by using the corridors in the catacombs (basements) of the buildings. [br]Both on the House side and on the Senate side you can walk from building to building by using these basement corridors.[br][br]You can also use the Federal Center Metro Station
and walk over to Rayburn. If the weather is nice the walk is not bad. However, remember that you will be walking the corridors of congress for a full day; you might want to preserve your strenght for that.
map of the Senate buildings, Russell, Dirksen and Hart.
Both Rayburn (Houseside) and Dirksen (Senate side) have good cafetarias with lots of choices for breakfast and lunch. Prices are fair. Most of us will have time to buy lunch at either of these buildings.
If you really can not join us on 24 September 2013, we hope you are willing to reach out to your members of Congress in other ways, to let them know that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious and well-funded space program.
Read my blog to get an idea of what it is like to walk the corridors in Congress.