The Affording Mars & Sustainability Workshop Series Reports

 

Affording Mars 2014 (AM II)

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CONTINUING TO BUILD A COMMUNITY CONSENSUS ON THE FUTURE OF HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT

OVERVIEW

To continue building community consensus on the future of human space exploration, the Second Mars Affordability and Sustainability Workshop (AM II) was hosted by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and held at the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) conference building on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, CA, October 14 – 15, 2014. Approximately 60 invited professionals from the industrial and commercial sectors, academia, NASA, and the Canadian Space Agency participated in the workshop. These individuals were chosen to be representative of the breadth of interests in astronaut and robotic Mars exploration.  AM II continued the work that began with the first Affording Mars Workshop (AM I) in 2013. AM II conducted side-by-side comparisons of potential Mars mission architectures and strategies, discussed potential science goals associated with architectures for human missions to Mars, and examined how to design and advance a humans-to-Mars program that is fiscally and politically sustainable. The output of the workshop consists of observations, findings, and recommendations intended to guide space agency leadership and national policymakers.

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