TWO WEEKS until 2017 International Mars Society Convention
Great Line-Up of Scientists, Aerospace Industry Reps & Academics to Discuss Mars Exploration
In just 14 days, the Mars Society, the world’s largest and most influential Mars advocacy organization, will be marking its twentieth annual international convention dedicated to the study of and planning for human Mars exploration. This year’s conference will take place September 7-10 on the picturesque campus of the University of California Irvine.
Leading scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government officials and members of academia will gather to discuss the most recent scientific discoveries, technological advances and political and economic developments that could help pave the way for a human mission to the Red Planet.
Some of the speakers will include:
+ Anousheh Ansari, First Female Private Space Explorer (banquet speaker)
+ Dr. Dava Newman, Former Deputy Administrator, NASA
+ Dr. John Grotzinger, Former Project Scientist, Curiosity Rover Mission, NASA
+ Mike Elsperman, Director, Space Science & Advanced Space Utilization, Boeing
+ Dr. Scott Moreland, Member, Mars 2020 Rover Development Team, JPL
+ Dr. Mohamed Nasser Al-Ahbabi, Director-General, UAE Space Agency (via Skype)
+ Dr. Robert Pappalardo, Project Scientist, Europa Clipper Mission, JPL
+ George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic