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Humans to Mars Summit 2014

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Washington, D.C.   |    Tuesday, April 22, 2014   |    George Washington University

The Humans to Mars (H2M) Summit is the most comprehensive Mars exploration conference to date. To continue the progress made at the inaugural conference in May 2013, H2M 2014 will discuss the pressing reasons for a human Mars mission, as well as the feasibility and affordability of such an undertaking. The conference will bring together experts and space enthusiasts to discuss the possibility of putting the first humans on Mars by the 2030s and how to achieve this goal. Co-sponsored by Explore Mars, George Washington University (GW) and the Space Policy Institute at GW, H2M will take place April 22-24, 2014, in the Lisner and Betts Auditoriums at GW in Washington, D.C. The conference will feature panels on new concepts for Mars architecture, the human factors of exploring Mars, updates on science missions and objectives, generating excitement in the space and entertainment communities, and many other new panel topics.

Speakers include:

• Buzz Aldrin, Apollo XI Astronaut
• Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator
• Zoe Szajnfarber, George Washington University, Dept. of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
• William Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator, HEOMD
• Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist
• Miles O’Brien, PBS Frontline Correspondent; NOVA
• Charles Precourt, ATK VP and General Manager, Space Launch Division; former NASA Astronaut
• Margaret Race, SETI Institute
• Taber MacCallum, Paragon SDC Co-founder; Inspiration Mars Foundation

Panel topics include:

• New concepts of Mars architectures
• Updates on science missions and objectives
• Planetary protection
• American competitiveness and Mars
• International cooperation
• Human and robotic exploration – building a more integrated program

Additional Information:

H2M 2014 is for anyone interested in Mars, space exploration and aerospace design. The conference will be highly interactive and will attract audiences of all ages. More than 1,000 U.S. schools and tens of thousands of individuals worldwide will view the conference online, according to projections by Explore Mars. Followers can find H2M 2014 updates and join the conversation using the hashtag #H2M. All registration is available at

About Explore Mars, Inc.
Explore Mars was created to advance the goal of sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. To further that goal, Explore Mars conducts programs and technical challenges to stimulate the development and/or improvement of technologies that will make human Mars missions more efficient and feasible. In addition, to embed the idea of Mars as a habitable planet, Explore Mars challenges educators to use Mars in the classroom as a tool to teach standard STEM curricula. Explore Mars, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Donations to Explore Mars are tax-deductible. Contact Explore Mars via its website or email

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