Update for H2M 2020 Regarding COVID 19

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Fellow Martians,

Interesting times call for all manner of out of the box thinking. We take heart that many of Shakespeare's famous works were written during a time when pandemics were shutting down theaters and the streets of London. May this be the most prolific time for science and innovations in tech, biomedicine and the future health of astronauts headed to Mars.

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency and the recent recommendations by the CDC prohibiting gatherings of over 10 people for the next eight weeks, we regretfully announce that the 2020 Humans to Mars Summit will be postponed until late summer 2020. H2M 2020 will now take place on August 31- September 1 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC.

H2M will be modified into a 2-day conference this August and will be preceded by a series of innovative virtual events tentatively scheduled to begin in the next couple of weeks. This programming, being made available to each H2M 2020 registrant will feature well known experts and offer unparalleled access to the industry professional directly responsible for our future on Mars. We will also be offering additional benefits that H2M registrants will receive between now and H2M.

In line with our mission, Explore Mars is committed to launching new and innovative programming to assure that the goal of humans on Mars will remain strong after we emerge from this emergency. Details on registration, hotel and programming will be made available soon.

For everyone who has registered for H2M, we hope that you will allow us to transfer your registration to the new H2M dates - or be willing to apply your registration as a donation to Explore Mars to assure we can advance the important goal of sending humans to Mars. However, if you require a reimbursement, please let us know and you will be reimbursed.

We hope you all remain healthy and safe in these challenging times. May this be a time in history where we look back and think...this is what we achieved when we banded together for the good of all.

Helpful resources:

  • https://coronavirus.dc.gov/
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html