Humans to Mars Summit, Featuring Buzz Aldrin, Returns to GW

Discounted passes for the three-day conference available for faculty and students.

Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, will speak at the Human to Mars Summit at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
May 01, 2015

What: Humans to Mars Summit
Where: Lisner Auditorium
When: May 5, 6 and 7
Details: Discounted single-day and full summit tickets available to GW students and faculty.

As NASA continues developing the capabilities to send humans to the Red Planet by the 2030s, the George Washington University will once again host the largest and most comprehensive Mars exploration conference in the country.

The three-day Humans to Mars (H2M) Summit, sponsored by Explore Mars and GW’s Space Policy Institute, will take place Tuesday to Thursday in Lisner Auditorium. Researchers, government officials and industry leaders will convene at the conference to address the feasibility and affordability of undertaking such a mission. Last year, more than 600 people attended the event on-site and over 100,000 watched online.

NASA representatives have stressed that investigating Mars will help scientists understand what may one day happen to life on Earth and will give humans the foothold they need to explore and perhaps eventually colonize other worlds.

The lineup of H2M speakers includes NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Space Exploration Architect Josh Hopkins, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Time Capsule to Mars Director Emily Briere and Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, who will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A full agenda of speakers and times is available on the Explore Mars website.

Single-day and full summit passes are available to purchase. GW students and faculty can receive tickets at a 70 percent discount. Viewers can also watch a livestream of the conference and follow along on social media with @exploremars and the hashtag #H2M2015.

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