- Press Release
- Mar 25, 2023
NPC Newsmaker: Becoming Martians: NASA’s 25-year Plan for Humans to Inhabit the Red Planet
This event is open only to members of The National Press Club and credentialed press.
are on the precipice of becoming an interplanetary species. We
earthlings are on our way to becoming Martians. In fact, the future
Martians are here on Earth now, training for Mars missions using new
technological developments following a strict timeline that will get us
there within 25 years.
10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13 the National Press Club will host a
Headliners press conference featuring four presenters directly
responsible for creating and implementing elements of a mission to Mars
and serving a new vision of mankind as a visitor – then resident – of
the red planet.
limited to the imaginations of sci-fi enthusiasts, NASA now has
mission-specific technology in development, and a hard deadline for
humans landing on Mars following a series of robot landers that have
mapped out the terrain and other features of what could soon be our new
world – the latest is InSight, scheduled to land on Mars on November 26,
and drill deeply into the Martian soil to deliver clues about the
planet’s core and interior structure.
Presenters will include:
- Astronaut Tom Jones,
a former B-52 U.S. Air Force, space resource researcher, NASA space
shuttle mission specialist and payload commander for four space shuttle
flights, who has logged over 52 days (1,272 hours) in space, including 3
space walks totaling over 19 hours.
- James Garvin,
chief scientist of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, who also served
as chief scientist for Mars exploration from 2000 until 2004 and
spearheaded the development of the scientific strategy that led NASA to
select such missions as the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Phoenix polar lander, and the Mars Science
- Richard Davis,
assistant director for science and exploration, and executive secretary
of the International Mars Exploration Working Group – Planetary Science
Division Science Mission Directorate for NASA, who co-leads a science
mission directorate study to begin the process of identifying potential
human landing sites on Mars.
adding background about the human side of being an interplanetary
species for the humans likely to be the first residents of Mars will be Janet Ivey, creator of a children’s science series, Janet’s Planet, and a member of the Board of Governors for the National Space Society.
press conference will be held in the Bloomberg Room of the National
Press Club, located at 529 14th Street, NW, 13th floor. This news
conference is open to credentialed media and members of the National
Press Club free of charge, however registration is required.