Buzz Aldrin — A Regular At H2M Conferences
Explore Mars, Inc., has announced the Fifth Annual Humans to Mars (H2M) Summit, which brings together business, academic and policy leaders in the aerospace niche to discuss technological solutions and advocate support for putting humans on Mars. The Humans to Mars Summit will be held from May 9-11, 2017 at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Explore Mars CEO Chris Carberry is enthusiastic about the significant progress that has been made in the five years since the first H2M Summit was organized in 2013. “Children born in 2017 are more likely than any generation before them to witness, before their 18th birthday, humans walk on another planet for the first time. … Today we have unprecedented support for Mars exploration from Congress, industry, and the general public. If we make the right decisions, humans will be on the surface of Mars within the next two decades, and the economic and scientific benefits to our country and the world will be unprecedented,” he said in a statement announcing the event.
The H2M Summit will discuss options that include the major technical, scientific, and policy challenges that need to be overcome before humans can be sent to Mars, as well as international partnerships and cooperation, the impact on small business and innovation, entertainment and storytelling, risk tolerance in space exploration, the role of the Moon in sending humans to Mars, and space diplomacy.
Apollo Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is expected to speak at the H2M Summit again this year. Other confirmed speakers include William Gerstenmaier (NASA: Associate Administrator, HEO), Penny Boston (NASA: Director, Astrobiology Institute), Steve Jurczyk (NASA: Associate Administrator, STMD), Clementine Poidatz (National Geographic Series, Mars), John Grunsfeld (former NASA Associate Administrator and astronaut), Artemis Westenberg (President, Explore Mars, Inc), Thomas Zurbuchen (NASA: Associate Administrator, SMD), Abigail ‘Astronaut Abby’ Harrison (Student; The Mars Generation), Jim Cantrell (CEO of Vector Space Systems), James Green (NASA: Director, Planetary Science), Janet Ivey (Janet’s Planet), Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne: Executive Director, Space), Mat Kaplan (Planetary Radio, The Planetary Society) and Ann Merchant (Science and Entertainment Exchange).
Explore Mars President, Artemis Westenberg, said of the event, “H2M will host substantive NASA workshops on policy, STEaM competitions for our youth and important debates on strategies for space transportation and human habitats. This is the single best opportunity for all of us to come together and advance the mission that will one day make humans a two-planet species.”
Explore Mars was formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the goal of advocating for sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. Besides the Humans to Mars summit, Explore Mars supports efforts to use Mars as part of STEM educational efforts in the classroom and conducts programs and technical challenges to stimulate the development and improvement of technologies that will make human Mars missions more efficient and feasible. Those interested in attending this event can find registration information on the official Explore Mars website.