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Top Space Science, Industry & Policy Leaders Address Strategy to Send Humans to Mars

Press Release From: Planetary Society
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bill Nye & The Planetary Society Convene the "Humans Orbiting Mars" Workshop

Overview: The Planetary Society's "Humans Orbiting Mars" workshop is an invitation-only gathering of top science, engineering, and policy professionals. The goal of the workshop is to build consensus on the key elements of a long-term, cost constrained, executable Program to send humans to Mars. This program would consist of a series of steps leading to a Mars orbital mission and potential rendezvous with the Martian moon, Phobos, in the early 2030s as a crucial step towards future missions that will land on the surface of the Red Planet. While the workshop itself will be closed to the media, a press briefing will follow and a full report will be released later in the year.

WHO: Press briefing speakers will include The Planetary Society CEO and members of the Board of Directors:

Bill Nye (The Science Guy), CEO, The Planetary Society

Professor Scott Hubbard, Workshop Chair & Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Dr. John Logsdon, Workshop Co-Chair & Professor Emeritus, Space Policy Institute, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, George Washington University

WHAT: Press briefing following "Humans Orbiting Mars" Workshop.

- R.S.V.P.: Attendees must R.S.V.P. to erin.greeson@planetary.org. Seating is limited.

- Remote Option: A telepresser option is offered for remote reporting purposes. R.S.V.P to erin.greeson@planetary.org for dial-in logistics.

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

WHERE: George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Suite 403, 1957 E Street NW, Washington, D.C. Telepresser option available for remote reporting.

Celebrating 35 years since its inception, The Planetary Society has inspired millions of people to explore other worlds and seek other life. With the mission to empower the world's citizens to advance space science and exploration, its international membership makes the non-governmental Planetary Society the largest space interest group in the world. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray and Louis Friedman founded the Planetary Society in 1980. Bill Nye, a longtime member of the Planetary Society's Board, now serves as CEO.

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