The Path to Mars – NASA’s Exploration Programme

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How do you catch an asteroid? Is there really ‘life’ on Mars? Could Lego help us reach the Red Planet?

NASA’s Chief Scientist, Dr Ellen Stofan and Deputy Chief Technologist, Jim Adams provide an overview of NASA’s plans to develop a human exploration pathway to Mars, including ideas for a human mission to an asteroid.

Hosted by Alok Jha the event explored how science and technology will shape, and be shaped by, these ambitious plans and what new opportunities exist for international cooperation.

The Speakers

Dr Ellen Stofan has been NASA’s Chief Scientist since August 2013, advising on the agency’s science programmes and science-related planning and investments. Previously, her research has focused on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Earth.

Jim Adams is the Deputy Chief Technologist at NASA, having previously worked in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. There, he served as the deputy director of the Planetary Science Division, overseeing the discovery, new frontiers, lunar science and Mars programmes.

Thank you to the US Embassy for helping to organise this event.

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Date: August 18, 2015

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