Mars Day on the Hill September 29, 2014

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Explore Mars, Inc. will be holding a grassroots visit to Congress, known as “Mars Day on the Hill”, in Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 29, 2014.

As demonstrated by a recent national public opinion poll commissioned by Explore Mars, Inc., the Boeing Company, and Phillips & Company, there is broad support within the United States for both human and robotic missions to Mars. However, the challenges that budgetary and other obstacles present for NASA are many. In the current economic and political climate, it is essential to let our elected representatives on Capitol Hill know that there is strong constituent support for our civil space program and for an ambitious yet sustainable path forward.

If you wish to participate in Mars Day on the Hill, please register here.

To help defray the costs associated with this event, we ask for a $15 registration donation (students can register for $10).  If you have any questions, please contact Rick Zucker, Explore Mars’ Director of Political Outreach, at [email protected].  Space is limited for this event, so please register as soon as possible. (Registration will close by September 19th, or when we reach capacity, whichever comes first.)

We will hold an information meeting (or telecon) on the afternoon of Sunday, September 28th (precise time and/or location TBD), during which logistics and last minute details for the following day will be discussed. The power and responsibility of democracy is that each of us can and should avail ourselves of the opportunity to make our views known to the offices of our elected representatives.

Please join us on September 29th, 2014 as we lend our voices to the debate about the future of America’s space program.




Despite the fact that we have one of the most sophisticated rovers trundling around the surface of Mars, digging and investigating its geology, one non-profit thinks it can trump Nasa’s extraordinary scientific feat. The answer? Penetrator probes.

These lightweight arrow-like devices could be fired into the Red Planet’s surface, explains Explore Mars in an Indiegogo campaign. It would use excess kinetic energy from the journey towards Mars to achieve this. Once it hits the surface, it is designed to break in two. The top part remains stuck on the surface and is a radio transmitter that can translate data back to an orbiter. The tip of the penetrator probe continues into the ground to embed a “life-detection experiment” a couple metres beneath. The system is designed to detect if any microorganisms are living on Mars.

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The Humans to Mars Summit 2015

H2M 2015

Explore Mars, Inc. is pleased to announce that pre-registration has begun for the 2015 Humans to Mars Summit (H2M).  H2M 2015 will take place on May 5-7, 2015 at The George Washington University in Washington,DC.  H2M is a comprehensive Mars exploration conference that addresses the major technical, scientific, and policy challenges of getting humans to Mars, as well as how such missions can have positive impacts on STEM education, American Competitiveness and other important collateral issues.
“H2M has become the preeminent annual event focused on human missions to Mars,” stated Explore Mars Executive Director, Chris Carberry.  “We expect H2M 2015 to be by far our most successful and impactful event yet.”  
In 2014, H2M had an onsite attendance of almost 650 people and also boasted over 100,000 viewers online.  In 2015, Explore Mars intends to dramatically increase both of these numbers, making a clear statement in support of humans to Mars to leaders in the United States and around the world.

H2M 2015 will also feature a new and exciting format, with each day having a specific theme:

​Day 1 | It’s Time to Explore Mars!: Day 1 will feature ‘TED Talk’ formatted presentations through which a narrative will be built.  This narrative will not only highlight the science and engineering, but also the overall societal aspects of humans to Mars (STEM, innovation, international cooperation, etc.).

​Day 2 | The Pathway and Science: Day 2 will feature in-depth discussions based on what is determined to be necessary within the space stakeholder community to get humans to Mars. This day will feature discussions and updates on architectures, science, challenges, and what the next steps should be.

​Day 3 | From Sci Fi to Reality: Day 3 will be a half-day session. It will feature prominent figures in marketing,entertainment, policy, and science fiction, who will discuss what inspires and compels the public, policy makers, and the world. It will focus on how we can collaboratively maintain and build long-term support and enthusiasm for human exploration of Mars.  

Some of our tentative speakers already include :

Steve Squyres (Cornell University)
Rebecca Keiser (NASA; American University)
Tiffany Montague (Former Manager, Google Space Initiatives)
Alan Stern (Southwest Research Institute; Uwingu)
Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne)
Emily Briere (Time Capsule to Mars)
Rich Phillips (Phillips and Company)
Jim Garvin (NASA)
Scott Hubbard (Stanford University)

According to Explore Mars President,  Artemis Westenberg,”We have come a long way in a relatively short time through our Humans to Mars summits. We have helped to change the attitude of policymakers and space industry leaders from ‘Mars-is-too-hard’ to ‘Mars-is-doable’,and from ‘Mars-is-too-expensive’ to ‘Mars-is-affordable’. What remains now is to spread the word that Mars is a necessary destination for us humans . We expect that the H2M Summit of 2015 will help to bring this to fruition “

To take advantage of the special ‘pre-registration’ rate of $125, please register here before the fee increases on September 30, 201

Student led Time Capsule to Mars project most ambitious crowd-funded campaign in history.

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At a press conference Monday, Time Capsule to Mars™ (TC2M), a project of Explore Mars, officially launched the largest crowdfunding campaign in history to realize the world’s first privately-funded and student-led interplanetary mission to Mars. The team will design, launch, fly and land a CubeSat-based spacecraft on the surface of Mars, carrying digital content from tens of millions of people across the globe for future colonists of the Red Planet to discover.


“We hope to inspire and educate young people worldwide by enabling them to personally engage and be part of the mission. The distributed approach to funding and personal engagement will ultimately guarantee our success.”

The $25 million mission will be funded by people across the globe that upload their personal digital media in the form of images, text, audio and video clips at the cost of 99 cents each (up to 10 megabytes). For those in the developing world, digital media will be free of charge and underwritten by corporate sponsors.

The mission has also garnered support from leading organizations and individuals in government, academia and the private sector including ATK, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Deep Space Industries, Draper Laboratory, Duke University, Lockheed Martin, MIT, NASA, Remarkable Technologies, Stanford University, UConn and Uwingu. Charlie Precourt, vice president and general manager of ATK Space Launch Division and former NASA chief astronaut, and Kent Rominger, vice president, business development of ATK and former NASA chief astronaut, are special advisors to this project.

“We will make history by connecting humanity’s shared experience with the first pioneers to walk on Mars,” said Emily Briere, Time Capsule to Mars™ founder, mission director and Duke University senior student. “This mission is bigger than any one University, one company, or one country. We have come together to unite and inspire humanity under one mission, as one race, in the spirit of global cooperation and peace as we collectively seek to colonize the first off-world planet.”

The mission will also be the first of its kind to test critical new technologies in propulsion and networking. TC2M will incorporate the use of “quartz storage technology” to preserve and protect the data for potentially several millions of years. The mission will also trial Ion Electrospray propulsion developed at MIT, which was designed to reduce travel time to Mars. Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN) will also be deployed to begin testing for a future deep space Internet communications network.

Said Jon Tidd, Time Capsule to Mars™ director of fundraising and marketing, recent production intern at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Fuqua School of Business and Duke University graduate student, “We hope to inspire and educate young people worldwide by enabling them to personally engage and be part of the mission. The distributed approach to funding and personal engagement will ultimately guarantee our success.”

Engaging young students is a critical part of the TC2M mission strategy. Students will be able to access their own personalized “Mission Control” portals to play a virtual role in the mission, while tracking vehicle data across deep space to its landing point on Mars.

To upload images and become part of this historic mission to Mars, visit Visit or for mission milestones or to learn how you can get involved.

About Time Capsule To Mars™

The world’s first student-led interplanetary mission, Time Capsule to Mars™ (TC2M), has a goal to design, launch and land intact a time capsule on Mars containing data that memorializes the digital keepsakes of the human race on Earth in the current decade as we set out to colonize the first off-world planet in humanity’s history. Time Capsule to Mars™ (TC2M) intends to be the largest-ever crowdfunded science endeavor, aiming to raise an estimated $25 million to accomplish the mission. TC2M is a project of the non-profit Explore Mars ( Read more about our mission here, follow us @TimeCapsuleMars or #TC2M, and on Google+.