A big discussion about Mars is coming to Washington, DC starting Tuesday (May 17).
The three-day event, organized by Explore Mars, features panel discussions and speakers from across the space industry, as well as NASA and international entities.
The conference has listed its calendar of events and all speakers. The event will be held at the George Washington University and you can register for various attendance options at EventBrite. You can also watch a live stream.
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The event comes after a remarkable year for space tourism and private space exploration efforts, including flights by Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and Axiom Space that brought several non-professional non-agency astronauts into space. Although some of them were related. experience in piloting or similar fields.
NASA also aims to send its first mission around the moon for the Artemis program, an unmanned effort called Artemis 1. The mission was delayed from an early spring launch due to problems preparing the Space Launch System rocket for launch. flight. but the agency is still waiting for 2022.
Assuming funding and technology go as planned, the agency will continue with manned missions in 2024 (around the moon) and 2025 (to the surface of the moon). NASA frames the cislunar (Moon-Earth) exploration of Artemis as a testing ground to prepare for the exploration of Mars, 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, including the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter, have shown that it is possible to fly on Mars and are now jointly engaged in exploring a potential river delta rich in life before returning 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 examine how humans will return to the surface of the moon in the mid-2020s and then travel to Mars in the mid-2030s, but will also consider the extraordinary opportunities and innovations that are expected to unfold.” materialize over the next decade.”
In the words of Explore Mars, these 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 in the mid-2020s and travel to Mars in the mid-2030s?
- Orbiting the Moon: Artemis 1 and 2
- How can the Humans Landing System (HLS) advance human missions to Mars?
- International space relations: space diplomacy and security in difficult times
- Mars, Innovation and Sustainability
- Humans and machines on the surface of Mars
- nuclear propulsion vs. chemistry to mars
- MOTHER [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] Entertainment
- Producing food on Mars
- Art and Music in Space
- Keep crews healthy and happy during long space missions