The Human To Mars Summit 2017

April 26, 2017

The Humans to Mars Summit (H2M) will be held from May 9-11, 2017 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Register today at

H2M is an annual Mars exploration conference that addresses the major technical, scientific, and policy challenges that need to be overcome in order to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. It is the most comprehensive conference in the world focused on landing humans on Mars, and the 2017 H2M is shaping up to be the biggest H2M yet.

Topics will also include small business and space; Mars and Hollywood; diplomacy and space exploration; international Mars science; risk and Mars exploration; Mars missions architecture options; what role should the Moon play in Mars missions; and many other topics.

Speakers include

  • Buzz Aldrin (Apollo XI, Gemini XII)
  • William Gerstenmaier (NASA: Associate Administrator, HEO)
  • Penny Boston (NASA: Director, Astrobiology Institute)
  • Steve Jurczyk (NASA: Associate Administrator, STMD)
  • Clementine Poidatz (National Geographic Series, Mars)
  • John Grunsfeld (former NASA Associate Administrator and astronaut)
  • Artemis Westenberg (President, Explore Mars, Inc)
  • Thomas Zurbuchen (NASA: Associate Administrator, SMD)
  • Abigail ‘Astronaut Abby’ Harrison (Student; The Mars Generation)
  • Lance Bush (President and CEO of Challenger Center)
  • Jim Cantrell (CEO of Vector Space Systems)
  • James Green (NASA: Director, Planetary Science)
  • Janet Ivey (Janet’s Planet)
  • Leonard David (Journalist; Author)
  • Talal Kaissi (Director of US-UAE Space Affairs)
  • Tiffany Montague (former Manager, Google space initiatives)
  • Jenn Gusteric (NASA: Program Executive for Small Business Innovation)
  • Joe Hartz (Senior Professional Staff, US House Small Business Committee)
  • Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne: Executive Director, Space)
  • Mat Kaplan (Planetary Radio, The Planetary Society)
  • Mark Mozena (Senior Policy Adviser, Representative, Mike Honda)
  • Michael Raftery (President, TerraTrace Corp; former Boeing)
  • Ann Merchant (Science and Entertainment Exchange)
  • Grant Anderson (Paragon Space Development)
  • and many others…

—Event Producer