Press Release

Doug McCuistion Joins Explore Mars Board of Advisors

By SpaceRef Editor
March 29, 2013
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Explore Mars, Inc. is pleased to announce that Doug McCuistion has joined its Board of Advisors. McCuistion recently retired from NASA after 20 years of service. He most recently served as Director of the Mars Exploration Program during one of the most exciting periods of that program’s history (see McCuistion’s biography on the Board of Advisers page –

According to McCuistion, “I’m pleased to have been invited to assist the Explore Mars team in fostering the excitement of Mars exploration, motivating and educating our future explorers, and advancing the implementation of missions to return samples from Mars and put the first human boot-prints on the Martian surface!”

Doug McCuistion joins fellow Explore Mars’ advisors Buzz Aldrin, Miles O’Brien, Andrew Chaikin, Penelope Boston, Chris McKay, Sam Burbank, and Tiffany Montague.

“Doug is a spectacular addition to our team,” commented Explore Mars Executive Director, Chris Carberry. “His experience and passion will undoubtedly help Explore Mars grow and be more effective over the upcoming years.”

Doug McCuistion will also be joining a spectacular speaker lineup at the Humans to Mars Summit on May 6-8, 2013 in Washington, DC (

H2M Summit Update

REGISTER TODAY: Register today for the Humans to Mars Summit (for $165) before the registration fee increases. On April 7th, registration will increase to $195 – You don’t want to miss this event. As you can see, we have an amazing agenda coming together – Speakers include Dennis Tito, Charles Bolden, Buzz Aldrin, Rebecca Keiser, James Garvin, John Grunsfeld, and many others….

MARS DAY ON THE HILL: Registration has started for Mars Day on the Hill. On May 9th, we will be sending a delegation up to Capitol Hill in support of Mars exploration. Help us explain to members of Congress why they should support human missions to Mars. Register today at

HOTEL EXTENDED: Please reserve your hotel room by April 5th. We have arranged a special discounted rate of $170 per night at the Holiday Inn near the Rosslyn Metro Station in Arlington, Virginia. This is just one short Metro stop from the conference venue (Foggy Bottom Metro Station). Rooms are limited, so reserve your room soon. Please tell the hotel that you are reserving your room under the block code: HTM. To reserve a room, please call (703) 807-2000.

VINT CERF LUNCH: Secondary Registration has begun for the Vint Cerf lunch. This lunch will take place at Noon on May 7, 2013 in the City View Room at George Washington University. Mr. Cerf will be discussing the prospects of Interplanetary Internet. To register for this lunch, please go to the registration page at Seats are limited, so reserve soon.

SpaceRef staff editor.