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The 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention

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.

 

Our four-day space conference will bring together leading scientists, engineers, policymakers, government officials, entrepreneurs, space advocates 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.

Adrian Brown
Planetary Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center & SETI Institute
Chris Carberry
CEO, Explore Mars
Alyssa Carson
Teenage Astronaut-in-Training & STEM Advocate
Timothy Cichan
Space Exploration Architect, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Nicholas Cummings
Staff Director, Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science & Competitiveness
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
U.S. House Committee on Science, Space & Technology
Jennifer Eigenbrode
Planetary Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Planetary Environments Laboratory
Louis Friedman
Former Executive Director, The Planetary Society
John Grant
Researcher, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Center for Earth & Planetary Studies
Jim Green
Director, NASA, Planetary Science Division
Nicholas Cummings
Staff Director, Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science & Competitiveness
Art Harman
Director, Coalition to Save Manned Space Exploration, & Former Legislative Director, Office of Congressman Steve Stockman
Jacob Haqq-Misra
Research Scientist, Blue Marble Space Institute of Science
Michael Hecht
Researcher, MIT & Principal Investigator, NASA Mars 2020 MOXIE Instrument
Paul Hertz
Director, NASA Science Mission Directorate, Astrophysics Division, Kepler Mission
Henry Hertzfeld
Space Policy & International Affairs, George Washington University
Edward Hudgins
Director, Advocacy, & Senior Scholar, The Atlas Society
Jennifer Mandel
Director, STEM Programs, Lockheed Martin
Dan Mazanek
Mission Investigator, Asteroid Redirect Mission & Senior Systems Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center
Don McCoy
Project Manager, ExoMars, European Space Agency
Stefanie Milam
Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, James Webb Space Telescope Mission
Jack Mustard
Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences, Brown University
Eric Stallmer
President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Jennifer Stern
Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, & Member, MSL Sample Analysis Team
Rick Tumlinson
Founder, New Worlds Institute, & Chairman, Deep Space Industries
Geronimo Villanueva
Planetary Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, & Scientist, 2016 ExoMars Mission
Jim Watzin
Director, NASA Mars Exploration Program
S. Pete Worden
Former Director, NASA Ames Research Center, and Brig. Gen., USAF (Ret.)
Robert Zubrin
President & Founder, The Mars Society, & President, Pioneer Astronautics

Past Conventions

Poster Winner - The 22nd Annual International Mars Society Convention
October 17-20, 2019
University of Southern California
Poster Winner - The 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention
August 23-26, 2018
Pasadena Convention Center
Poster Winner - The 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention
September 7 - 10, 2017
University of California, Irvine