Starting Tuesday (May 17), a big Mars discussion is coming to Washington, DC.
Organized by Explore Mars, the three-day event features panel discussions and speakers from across the space industry, as well as NASA and international entities.
The conference has a list of events and all speakers listed. The event is hosted at George Washington University, and you can register for a variety of attendance options on EventBrite. You can also follow a live stream.
Related: A Brief History of Mars Missions
The event comes after a remarkable year for space tourism and private space exploration efforts, including flights from Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and Axiom Space that took several non-professionals into space who were not agency astronauts, although a few of them were related by experience. in pilots or similar areas.
NASA also plans to send its first round-the-moon mission for the Artemis program, an unmanned effort called Artemis 1. The mission has been delayed from an early spring launch due to problems getting the Space Launch ready. System rocket for flight, but agency still hopes for 2022.
Assuming funding and technology go according to plan, the agency will follow up with manned missions in 2024 (around the moon) and 2025 (to the surface of the moon). NASA sees Artemis cislunar (moon-earth) exploration as a testing ground to prepare for Mars exploration, as both involve rocky worlds some distance from Earth.
Mars exploration is also accelerating, with several countries sending new missions to the Red Planet in 2021. NASA, the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter, have proven that flying on Mars is possible and are now jointly exploring a potentially life-rich river delta before returning the samples to Earth in a joint US-European mission.
“We are entering the golden age of space exploration,” Chris Carberry, CEO of Explore Mars, said in a statement about the summit. “H2M 2022 will not only explore how humans will return to the Moon’s surface by the mid-2020s and then travel to Mars by the mid-2030s, but will also take into account the extraordinary opportunities and innovations that lie ahead. expected to occur in the next decade.”
In the words of Explore Mars, here are some of the big topics that will be covered in this year’s series of events.
- Will humans be on the surface of the moon by the mid-2020s and travel to Mars by the mid-2030s?
- Orbiting the Moon: Artemis 1 and 2
- How can the Humans Landing System (HLS) promote human missions to Mars?
- International space relations: space diplomacy and security in challenging times
- Mars, innovation and sustainability
- People and machines on the surface of Mars
- Nuclear vs. Chemical Propulsion to Mars
- ROD [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] entertainment
- Producing food on Mars
- Art and music in space
- Keep crews healthy and happy during extended space missions