Schmitt, Zubrin & Dreier to Debate Future of Human Space Exploration at 2015 Mars Society Convention16 Jul 2015, 05:41 UTC
The U.S. human spaceflight program is currently adrift without a
goal. It badly needs one in order to focus its efforts and insure that something
concrete is accomplished over the coming decade. But what should that goal be?
There is no more important question facing today’s space program.
The Mars Society is therefore pleased to announce that it will be convening
a special event at the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention on the
evening of Friday, August 14th, 2015, in which the question of “Where Next for Human
Space Exploration” will be debated by three leading advocates. Those participating will include former Apollo 17 astronaut and U.S. Senator Dr. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who will represent the case for the Moon, Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin, who will represent the case for Mars, and Planetary Society Director of Advocacy Casey Dreier, who will advocate the case for a step-wise approach that eventually reaches the Red Planet, but which targets missions to Mars orbit first.The public debate will be formal, with each contender, in order
chosen by lot, making a 15 minute opening statement, followed by 5 minutes or
rebuttal from each, and then 45 minutes of questions to ...