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.
Subjects for discussion can involve all matters associated with Mars exploration and establishing a permanent human presence on the Red Planet, including science, technology, engineering, politics, economics, public outreach, government affairs, etc.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent by June 30th to: The Mars Society, 11111 W. 8th Avenue, unit A, Lakewood, CO 80215 or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email submissions are preferred.
Conference Sessions (tentative)
1. The question of life on Mars 2. Latest findings from the Mars probes 3. Plans for the missions of 2018 and beyond 4. Concepts for future robotic Mars missions 5. Plans for human Mars missions 6. Advanced propulsion systems 7. Launch vehicles for Mars exploration 8. Long range mobility on Mars 9. Life support & biomedical factors 10. Human factors and crew composition 11. In-situ resource utilization 12. Habitat construction & industrial infrastructure 13. Martian agriculture 14. The First Martians, a permanent base on Mars 15. Terraforming – Creating an ecology for Mars 16. How Martian technology can help life on Earth 17. Technologies for reaching for the stars 18. Analog studies relating to Mars exploration 19. The Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station 20. The Mars Desert Research Station 21. The one-way mission to Mars 22. Rovers, robots, aircraft, and mobile agents 23. Entrepreneurial approaches to Mars missions 24. The benefits of space exploration. 25. The Moon: A way station to Mars? 26. Planetary protection: Necessity or fraud? 27. International cooperation and agencies 28. Law, governance & social systems for Mars 29. Why Mars? 30. Mission ethics: Is safety an option? 31. Educating the next generation of Marsnauts 32. The ARM: Breakthrough or boondoggle? 33. Political action for Mars exploration 34. Chapter tools and outreach strategies 35. Proposed projects for the Mars Society 36. University Rover Challenge 37. Religion, philosophy & space exploration 38. The two-person Mars flyby mission 39. Phobos & Deimos: Mars Moon landings 40. Achieving cheap access to space
The University of California Irvine is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and may be reached via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or John Wayne Airport (SNA). Online registration for the conference is now open.