Press Release

NASA Exploration Forum to Showcase Human Path to Mars

By SpaceRef Editor
April 23, 2014
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NASA Exploration Forum to Showcase Human Path to Mars

NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other agency leadership will showcase NASA’s human exploration path to Mars at an Exploration Forum from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

The forum will be held in NASA Headquarters’ Webb Auditorium at 300 E St. SW in Washington. The event is open to the public and will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Other senior NASA officials speaking at the event are:

— Robert Lightfoot, NASA associate administrator
— John Grunsfeld, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate
— William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
— Sam Scimemi, director, International Space Station Division
— Phil McAlister, director, Commercial Spaceflight Division
— Dan Dumbacher, deputy associate administrator, Exploration Systems Development
— Michele Gates, senior technical advisor, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
— Jason Crusan, director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division
— Randy Lillard, Program Executive for Technology Demonstration Missions, Space Technology Mission Directorate
— David Miller, NASA chief technologist
— Ellen Stofan, NASA chief scientist

Media interested in covering the forum should contact Trent Perrotto at 202-358-1100 or by noon Tuesday.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:

For more information about NASA’s human path to Mars, visit:


SpaceRef staff editor.