Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Personal Mission To And For Mars

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Committed to Human Exploration of Mars by the 2030s

As part of our Why Mars series, French actress Clementine Poidatz passionately explains why humanity should explore Mars.  Ms. Poidatz portrays Dr. Amelie Durant in the National Geographic series, Mars.

My Personal Mission To (And For) Mars
By Clementine Poidatz, Actress

Frankly, I was ignorant. I freely admit that.  Before I joined the cast of the National Geographic series, Mars, I didn’t know very much about Mars ― and to be honest I didn’t really care.  Like many people, I didn’t see how it related to me and why we should spend the money to go to Mars when there are so many problems in the world today that I deemed more important.
But as I prepared for my theatrical role as a crew member of the first mission to Mars, something wonderful happened. As I studied for my part by watching videos, reading articles, and finding out as much as I could about how and why we plan to send humans to Mars, to my great surprise I found my perspective changing. Later, when I was on the set, I found an infectious passion among the crew and cast. I wasn’t the only one who was transformed by our participation in Mars.  Many of my fellow cast members also discovered themselves as being passionate advocates for making humanity a multi-planet species. We all realized that this was not like an ordinary film project. Instead, we were part of something that was bigger and of more lasting importance. We had the potential to inspire students and show the world that sending a human to Mars will be one of the most important and historic events in human history.
We need big dreams. Children in France (where I’m from) don’t seem to have big dreams these days. In fact, I’m not sure that they are even aware that sending humans to Mars is no longer science fiction but is now within our reach.  I was born in 1981, and many people in my generation simply don’t believe that we as a species are capable anymore of doing great things. And I find that sad and even a little scary. This wasn’t the case when my parents were growing up.  The world was far from perfect, but they had big dreams. My parents told me that the most amazing thing that they remember ― the event that inspired them and made them hopeful for the future ― was when the Apollo 11 astronauts first stepped foot on the surface of the Moon. They made small steps on the Moon, but it was a giant leap forward for humanity, and they came in peace for all humanity. Unfortunately, the most transforming memory I have (and I’m sure it’s true of my generation as a whole) is the September 11th attacks – clearly a very significant event, but not the type of event that makes anyone hopeful for the future. Sending humans to Mars, however, is my generation’s opportunity for a positive future, and we should embrace it.
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My Personal Mission To (And For) Mars

By Clementine Poidatz, Actress

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Join us with Raw Science TV on December 10 at Fox Studio Lot for the 3rd Annual Raw Science Film Festival Film Screening and Awards Ceremony! 
  • $15 for one general-admission ticket to the Winners Film Screening –Saturday, December 10, at 1 - 5 p.m. 
  • $25 for one general-admission ticket to the red carpet Awards Ceremony –Saturday, December 10, at 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Film Screening on 12/10: Features Screening of film festival winners from fiction and non-fiction categories that include both student and professional entries whose films celebrate the wonderment of science and technology.  Enjoy virtually reality experiences at the event.  Immediately following the screening will be a free iGiant Roundtable.  
  • Awards Ceremony on 12/10: Major studios will be accepting awards along with the winners from the Raw Science Film Festival. Special awards will be presented including the Kip Thorne Gravity Award and the Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination Prize in Speculative Media.  Emcee of the event is Paul Hynek who headed business for James Cameron’s motion capture studio (Giant Studios) which created Lord of the Rings and Avatar.  Speakers include Naveen Jain (Founder, Moon Express), Brent Bushnell (Two Two Bit Circus), Leslie Dewan (Transatomic), Peter Samuelson (Revenge of the Nerds), Philip Lubin (Breakthrough/Starshot Initiative), and special a appearance by Kip Thorne. Plus every audience member in attendance will receive a FREE uBiome kit. 
About the Raw Science Film Festival: 
The Raw Science Film Festival honors films on science and technology worldwide. Partners are Explore Mars, Space Tourism Society Canada, Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, iGIANT, and American Medical Women’s Association. Premier sponsors are Qualcomm, IEEE, and Space Games Federation. Categories include fiction and non-fiction for both students and professionals. Cash prizes are awarded. 

The film screening and awards ceremony takes place on Saturday, December 10, 2016 on the Fox Studios lot inside the historic Zanuck Theater, 10201 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067, USA.
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H2M 2017 Early Registration Now Available, Save Big and Register Today!

Join us at the 2017 Humans to Mars Summit

Explore Mars, Inc. is pleased to announce that early registration for the 2017 Humans to Mars Summit (H2M), which will take place on May 9-11, 2017 at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, is now open!  H2M is an annual exploration conference that addresses the major technical, scientific, and policy challenges that need to be overcome in order to send humans to Mars by the early 2030s.

H2M is the largest and most comprehensive conference in the world focused on getting humans to Mars – and the 2017 edition of H2M is shaping up to be our biggest and grandest yet.

“The timing for this event couldn’t be more appropriate,” stated Explore Mars CEO, Chris Carberry. “H2M 2017 will be taking place just a few months after a new administration and Congress take office and at a time when vital decisions will have to be made in order for us to see humans step on the surface of Mars by the early 2030s".

Tentative H2M 2017 Speakers Include:
  • William Gerstenmaier (NASA: Associate Administrator, HEOMD)
  • Clementine Poidatz (Actor, National Geographic series, Mars)
  • James Green (NASA: Director, Planetary Science)
  • George Sifakis (Ideagen)
  • Janet Ivey (Janet's Planet)
  • Jim Cantrell (CEO and Founder, Vector Launch Systems)
  • John Grunsfeld (former astronaut and former NASA Associate Administrator)
  • Leonard David (Journalist; author of National Geographic Book, Mars)
  • Penelope Boston (NASA: Astrobiology Institute)
  • Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne)
  • Mat Kaplan (Planetary Radio, The Planetary Society)

In addition to expert speakers and luminaries, the 2017 H2M will feature discussions on such critical topics as:
  • Mission Architecture Concepts
  • International Partnerships
  • Mars Jobs: Small Business and the Supply Chain
  • Hollywood and Mars
  • Policy Opportunities for Mars by the Early 2030s
  • Mars and STEM Education
  • Mars Science: Updates and Opportunities, Why Mars?
  • In-depth Technical and Science Sessions
and many other topics and VIP speakers.

“From the NASA workshop to determine where humans will put that first foot on Mars, to STEaM student competitions, to articles in national and international media, all have Mars on their mind, and H2M Summits play their role in bringing the day closer that humans will be a two-planet species”, said Explore Mars President, Artemis Westenberg.

An initial agenda and speaker information will be added to the main Summit page H2M.Exploremars.Org over the next few weeks.
Register Early for H2M 2017 Here and Save!
Registration for the 2017 Legislative Blitz is now available!

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