2018 Humans to Mars Report Released at Humans to Mars Summit

WASHINGTON, DC, May 8, 2018 (Explore Mars PR) — Explore Mars, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2018 Humans to Mars Report (http://exploremars.org/the-humans-to-mars-report) was officially released today on the opening morning of the three-day Humans to Mars Summit (H2M.ExploreMars.org) in Washington, DC.

“Now in its fourth year, the annual Humans to Mars Report (H2MR) has become one of the most influential publications in the space community”, said Rick Zucker, Explore Mars’ Vice President (Policy). Added Zucker, “H2MR provides a unique snapshot of the progress that has been made in mission architectures, science, domestic and international policy, human factors, and public perception regarding human missions to Mars, and thereby serves as an invaluable resource for both stakeholders and policymakers alike.”

The past year has seen a large number of milestones in policy and leadership that will certainly impact the future of human spaceflight for decades. As noted in this report, through these changes support for humans to Mars remains strong, but important decisions will need to be made soon so that humanity can finally start exploring deep space again.

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Explore Mars Issues Report with Findings & Recommendations

The Humans to Mars Report 2017

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Findings

  • The wide range of architectures for the exploration of Mars and the credibility of the institutions and companies producing them demonstrate both the wide interest in Mars exploration and the positive opinions of the viability of current technology to achieve it.
  • Mars exploration architectures must consider and address affordability, including how the architecture will return appropriate value to its stakeholders, as a fundamental requirement for credibility.
  • Sustainability is also a fundamental requirement and will be driven by, besides affordability, international and commercial partnerships. To effectively engage these partners, clear consideration of their contributions and objectives must be made.
  • A well-defined set of accepted scientific objectives will anchor coordination between the human spaceflight and science communities and ensure the widest possible support for human exploration of Mars.
  • Timely identification of strategic knowledge gaps and a robust technology demonstration program is needed to mature systems for Mars explorations. Testing systems at the International Space Station and in cislunar space would provide valuable operations experience for Mars systems.
  • Robotic reconnaissance of Mars from orbit and on the surface is needed to finalize selection of landing sites and inform technology development and system design.
  • The ongoing discussion and development of systems and architectures for deep space exploration is valuable with each idea contributing new perspectives and possibilities. Architecture choices must be rational and transparent to maximize participation. Open and wide ranging discussion will produce the strongest possible Mars architecture.
  • Mars is achievable.

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NASA CTO Bobby Braun on The Space Show

The Space Show schedule for this week…

Monday, November 8 , 2010, 2-3:30 PM PST. We welcome back Chris Carberry, Executive Director of Explore Mars, Inc. along with Artemis Westenberg from The Netherlands who is part of Explore Mars, Inc. and also the President of the Mars Society Netherlands.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 7-8:30 PM PST: We welcome back Derek Weber who will talk about spaceports and his new Apogee book, “The Wright Stuff: The Century Of Effort Behind Your Ticket To Space.” I have one book to give away that will go to the first caller with a question or comment for Derek.

Friday, November 12 , 2010, 9:30-11 AM PST: We welcome back Dr. Robert (Bobby) Braun, NASA CTO. This program will feature one hour with Dr. Braun, then 30 minutes of Open Lines discussion based on Dr. Braun’s interview. I anticipate many callers so please, only one short question to give as many people as possible a chance to call in.

Sunday, November 14 , 2010, 12-1:30 PM PST. We welcome back Dr. Mike Gruntman, Professor of Astronautics, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Systems Architecture, Engineering Department of Astronautical Engineering Viterbi School of Engineering.