The Mars Society is pleased to announce that a formal debate on NASA’s proposed Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, a human-tended facility in orbit around the Moon, will be held at the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention on Thursday, August 23rd at 8:00 pm in the Pasadena Convention Center’s main ballroom.
The discussion will involve the following proposition: “Resolved: The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway is the right next step for NASA’s human spaceflight program to take to support the human exploration and development of space.” Speaking in the affirmative will be John Mankins, while arguing in the negative will be Dr. Robert Zubrin.
John Mankins, President of Artemis Innovation Management Solutions LLC, is an internationally recognized leader in space systems and technology innovation, and is considered a highly-effective manager of large-scale technology R&D programs. In addition, Mr. Mankins spent 25 years at NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory working in fields ranging from flight projects and space mission operations to systems level innovation and advanced technology research and development management.
Dr. Robert Zubrin, founder and President of the Mars Society, is viewed as one of the world’s leading experts on the Red Planet and planning for human Mars exploration. He has authored numerous ...