The 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention

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The Mars Society convened the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention on the beautiful tree-lined campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. September 22 – 25, 2016, with main conference events taking place at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

The four-day space conference brought together leading scientists, engineers, policymakers, government officials, entrepreneurs and journalists to address the significance of the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic developments that could open the way to the human exploration and settlement of the Red Planet.

Convention highlights included a series of public debates on key issues and challenges facing Mars exploration and the future of the U.S. space program, as well as the final face-off of university student teams presenting designs for the Mars Society’s International Gemini Mars competition.

 

YouTube Playlist

To view all of the videos from the 2016 Mars Society convention, please click here.

Convention Itinerary

Access the convention program Itinerary on the web here or as a Word document here.

 

Speakers

Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown

Planetary Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center & SETI Institute

Chris Carberry

Chris Carberry

CEO, Explore Mars

Alyssa Carson

Alyssa Carson

Teenage Astronaut-in-Training & STEM Advocate

Timothy Cichan

Timothy Cichan

Space Exploration Architect, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Nicholas Cummings

Nicholas Cummings

Staff Director, Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science & Competitiveness

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

U.S. House Committee on Science, Space & Technology

Jennifer Eigenbrode

Jennifer Eigenbrode

Planetary Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Planetary Environments Laboratory

Louis Friedman

Louis Friedman

Former Executive Director, The Planetary Society

John Grant

John Grant

Researcher, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Center for Earth & Planetary Studies

Jim Green

Jim Green

Director, NASA, Planetary Science Division

Nicholas Cummings

Nicholas Cummings

Staff Director, Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science & Competitiveness

Art Harman

Art Harman

Director, Coalition to Save Manned Space Exploration, & Former Legislative Director, Office of Congressman Steve Stockman

Jacob Haqq-Misra

Jacob Haqq-Misra

Research Scientist, Blue Marble Space Institute of Science

Michael Hecht

Michael Hecht

Researcher, MIT & Principal Investigator, NASA Mars 2020 MOXIE Instrument

Paul Hertz

Paul Hertz

Director, NASA Science Mission Directorate, Astrophysics Division, Kepler Mission

Henry Hertzfeld

Henry Hertzfeld

Space Policy & International Affairs, George Washington University

Edward Hudgins

Edward Hudgins

Director, Advocacy, & Senior Scholar, The Atlas Society

Jennifer Mandel

Jennifer Mandel

Director, STEM Programs, Lockheed Martin

Dan Mazanek

Dan Mazanek

Mission Investigator, Asteroid Redirect Mission & Senior Systems Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center

Don McCoy

Don McCoy

Project Manager, ExoMars, European Space Agency

Stefanie Milam

Stefanie Milam

Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, James Webb Space Telescope Mission

Jack Mustard

Jack Mustard

Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences, Brown University

Eric Stallmer

Eric Stallmer

President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Jennifer Stern

Jennifer Stern

Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, & Member, MSL Sample Analysis Team

Rick Tumlinson

Rick Tumlinson

Founder, New Worlds Institute, & Chairman, Deep Space Industries

Geronimo Villanueva

Geronimo Villanueva

Planetary Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, & Scientist, 2016 ExoMars Mission

Jim Watzin

Jim Watzin

Director, NASA Mars Exploration Program

S. Pete Worden

S. Pete Worden

Former Director, NASA Ames Research Center, and Brig. Gen., USAF (Ret.)

Robert Zubrin

Robert Zubrin

President & Founder, The Mars Society, & President, Pioneer Astronautics