Since I was a young child Mars held a special fascination for me. It was so close and yet so faraway. I have never doubted that it once had advanced life and still has remnants of that life now. I am a dedicated member of the Mars Society,Norcal Mars Society National Space Society, Planetary Society, And the SETI Institute. I am a supporter of Explore Mars, Inc. I'm a great admirer of Elon Musk and SpaceX. I have a strong feeling that Space X will send a human to Mars first.
Leading scientists, government officials, commercial space representatives, policymakers and space advocates will address the four day conference on the latest updates about Mars exploration, planning for a human mission to the Red Planet and other major space news.
Some of the scheduled speakers include: + Jim Green, Director, NASA Planetary Science Division + James Watzin, Director, NASA Mars Exploration Program + Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), U.S. House Committee on Science, Space & Technology + Dan Mazanek, Mission Investigator, Asteroid Redirect Mission, NASA Langley + Timothy Cichan, Space Exploration Architect, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company + Don McCoy, Project Manager, ESA ExoMars + S. Pete Worden, Former Director, NASA Ames (Banquet keynote speaker)
In addition, the Mars Society has organized a number of public debates on issues of major importance to the U.S. space program, including whether or not NASA should fund the Asteroid Redirect Mission, the relevance of Planetary Protection oversight with regard to Mars human and robotic exploration and the legal basis for Mars and space settlement and sovereignty.