When Will Humans Walk On Mars? Come To Boulder And Find Out!

imc_25apr08.jpgIn augustus houdt de Amerikaanse Mars Society alweer de elfde Mars Society Convention. Men heeft weer grote kanonnen weten te strikken, zo brengt niemand minder dan Elon Musk van SpaceX een bezoekje. Zelfs het Vaticaan is vertegenwoordigd en met een beetje geluk komt Buzz Aldrin langs.

When Will Humans Walk On Mars? Come To Boulder And Find Out!
If you’ve never been to a Mars Society Convention or if it has been a long time since you’ve been to one, this is the year to attend. The Mars Society is on the move again, and we are planning a tremendous program this year.

WHERE: Back to where it all began in 1998: University Memorial Center, University Of Colorado, Boulder 

WHEN: August 14-17, 2008 


HOTEL INFORMATION: http://www.marssociety.org/portal/c/Conventions/2008/11thConventionHotels/ 

SPEAKERS: We have an impressive list of knowledgeable, inspiring speakers already scheduled. Check the website for updates.
Dr. S. Pete Worden (Brig. Gen., USAF, ret.; NASA Ames Research Center Director

Elon Musk (Founder and CEO of SpaceX)

Dr. Alan Stern (former Associate Administrator, NASA Science Directorate)

Dr. Jim Garvin (Chief Scientist, NASA Goddard)

Brother Guy Consolmagno (Vatican Astronomer, Curator, Vatican Meteorite Collection)

Dr. Scott Horowitz (former Associate Administrator, NASA Exploration Systems Directorate)

Dr. Carolyn Porco (Cassini Imaging Team Leader)

Dr. Chris McKay (NASA Ames Research Center)

Dr. Carol Stoker (NASA Ames Research Center; Co-Investigator Phoenix Mars Mission)

Dr. Bill Clancey (NASA Ames Research Center)

Dr. Robert Braun (Professor of Space Technology, Georgia Tech)

George Whitesides (Executive Director, National Space Society)

Dr. Robert Zubrin (President and Founder, The Mars Society)

Dr. Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 fame is also tentatively scheduled to speak

In addition to updates on current the Phoenix Mars Lander, Spirit, Opportunity, Mars Express, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter missions now exploring the Red Planet as well as Mars Society programs, we will also be featuring some special programming. All are guaranteed to be informative and exciting!

Hubble Space Telescope

Why is it worth the risk and expense to repair HST? We will have speakers to discuss the future repair mission as well as the numerous astronomical discoveries that HST has made over its lifetime.

Religion and Space Exploration

What impact will space exploration have on religion (if any)? What would the theological implications be of finding life on another planet? What has been the history of religion and space studies? We will be discussing these topics and many more aspects of this profound topic.

Mars Project Challenge

Finalists in The Mars Society Mars Project Challenge (MPC) will make presentations explaining why their proposed project should be The Mars Society’s next big project. At the conclusion of the MPC presentations, the membership of the Mars Society will have an opportunity to vote for the project which they feel would best promote The Mars Society’s goal of sending humans to Mars. 

Mars and Campaign 2008

What will the 2008 U.S. elections mean for the future of the space program? We will be holding extensive programming to discuss this topic. We also intend to invite representatives from the Democratic and Republican Presidential campaigns.

Web Advocacy for Mars and Generation Y

There has been much discussion lately about why members of “Generation Y” are not excited about space exploration. We will have in depth discussions on this topic and have presentations on how best to utilize the web for space advocacy.