Humans to Mars Summit 2021 is underway: watch it live here.


Day three of the annual Humans to Mars Summit kicks off in Washington, DC and online today (September 15), and you can watch all of the events virtually.

The three-day event, hosted by Explore Mars, will feature panel discussions and speakers from NASA as well as the agency’s private and international partners.

“As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, Explore Mars plans to carefully introduce more and more in-person activities,” Chris Carberry, CEO of Explore Mars, said in a statement. “While H2M 2021 will be mostly virtual, if that’s for sure, we hope our audiences around the world will host H2M gatherings at restaurants, bars, private homes and other places.”

You can register to attend the virtual event for free on You can also watch the live webcasts below on, courtesy of Explore Mars. You will also find a calendar of events below, and you can find a list of speakers here.

Related: A brief history of missions to Mars

Monday, September 13

9:50 a.m. to 10 a.m. EDT – Welcome and opening announcements

  • Chris Carberry (Explore Mars, CEO)
  • Janet Ivey (Explore Mars, President)

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EDT – A Conversation with Representative Ed Perlmutter (US House of Representatives) moderated by Lisa Callahan (Lockheed Martin CO, Vice President and General Manager – Commercial Civilian Space)

10:35 am-11:30am EDT – Artemis to Mars: an international collaboration

  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (Planetary Radio, Host)
  • Kathryn Lueders (NASA, Associate Administrator, Directorate of the Exploration and Human Operations Mission)
  • Hiroshi Sasaki (JAXA, Vice President and General Manager of Human Space Flight Technology Branch)
  • David Parker (ESA, director of human and robotic exploration)

11:35 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT – Planet of robots: recent milestones and discoveries on Mars

  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (Planetary Radio, Host)
  • Lori Glaze (NASA, Director, Division of Planetary Sciences)
  • Sanjay Vijendran (ESA, Mars Strategy Team Leader and Mars Future Studies Coordinator (MarsX Team))
  • Dr Masaki Fujimoto (JAXA, Institute for Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS)
  • Hessa Almatroushi (Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center of the United Arab Emirates, Scientific Officer of the Emirates Mars mission)

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT – Robots and humans: An essential partnership on the Moon and Mars Q&A

  • Richard M. Davis (NASA, Deputy Director for Science and Exploration)
  • Clive Neal (University of Notre Dame, Professor, Geosciences)

2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT – Earth, Moon, Mars: Building a Sustainable Path to Mars

  • Moderator: Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne, Executive Director, Space)
  • Maria Antonietta Perino (Thales Alenia Space Italy, responsible for advanced space exploration programs)
  • Naoki Sato (JAXA, Director, Space Exploration Systems Technology Unit)
  • Chad Davis (Northrop Grumman, Senior Director, Human Space Flight Integration and Operations)

3:05 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT – Keeping the momentum going: What can and should be achieved in the 2020s and 2030s?

  • Moderator: Mike French (AIA, Vice President, Space Systems)
  • Alicia Brown (NASA, Associate Administrator, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs)
  • Megan Mitchell (Blue Origin, Director of Government and Legislative Affairs)
  • Patrick Finley (National Space Council, Director, Civil Space Policy)
  • Joel Graham (Professional Staff Member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for Rank Member Roger Wicker (R-MS).

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT – How can space exploration expand inclusion and diversity?

  • Moderator: Shawna Pandya (Orbital Assembly Corporation, Director of Medical Research)
  • Dr Aidyl Gonzalez (IIAS, Researcher, Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership Curriculum Innovator and STEM Collaborator, Graduate School Science Educator and RSC President of the Los Angeles County Science Fair)
  • Andrea Yip (Luna Design and Innovation, Founder and CEO)
  • Dr Aaron Persad (MIT, Research Scientist, Director of Bioastronautics at IIAS, Co-Founder, Astreas)
  • Shayla Redmond (IIAS, Director of Education, CEO / Founder of STEAM Unlimited, Mechanical Engineer)

Tuesday September 14

9:50 a.m. to 10 a.m. EDT – Welcome and opening announcements

  • Chris Carberry (Explore Mars, CEO)
  • Janet Ivey (Explore Mars, President)

10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. EDT – Building a Space Workforce: Inspiring and Motivating Pre-Professionals and Early Professionals

Moderator: Aaron Shepard (electrical engineer / scientific communications)

Anthony Razo (SEDS, Chairman of the Board)

Andrea Lloyd (US Geological Survey Earth Resources Operations and Science, technical specialist for the Landsat program)

Morgan Irons (Deep Space Ecology, Founder and Scientific Director)

Owen Welch (Student, Senior at William T. Dwyer High School)

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT – A Conversation with Bill Nelson (NASA Administrator) Hosted by Janet Ivey (Explore Mars, Chair)

11:35 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT – Doing this on Mars: 3D printing and sustainability

  • Moderator: Trudy Kortes (NASA, director, technology demonstrations)
  • Rich Boling (Techshot, Vice President)
  • Josh Brost (Relativity Space, VP of Business Development)
  • Pascal Rosenfeld (Aleph Farms, Director New Ventures & Space)
  • Justin Kugler (Redwire, Managing Director of Mission Solutions)

1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. EDT – Designing a living space on Mars

  • Moderator: Artemis Westenberg (Explore Mars Europe)
  • Michal Ziso (ZISO, CEO)
  • Vera Mulyani (Mars City Design, CEO)
  • Alfredo Munoz (Abiboo Studio, CEO)

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EDT – Nuclear propulsion / surface energy

  • Bhavya Lal (NASA, Senior Budget and Finance Advisor)
  • Jonathan Witter (BWXT, Chief Engineer, Advanced Technology Programs)
  • Patrick Frye (Aerojet Rocketdyne, Director, Business Development)
  • Anthony Calomino (NASA, Materials and Structures Engineer)
  • Tom Martin (Blue Origin, Director, Propulsion Sales)

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EDT – A Trajectory to Mars: Benefits and Challenges of Long- and Short-Stay Missions on Mars

Moderator: Tim Cichan (Lockheed Martin, space exploration architect)

Hoppy Price (NASA JPL, Mars Orbital Mission 2033)

Bret Drake (The Aerospace Corporation, Associate Director, Space Systems Architecture)

Sharmi Watkins (NASA, Deputy Director for Exploration at NASA’s Directorate of Human Health and Performance)

Wednesday September 15th

9:50 a.m. to 10 a.m. EDT – Welcome and opening announcements

  • Chris Carberry (Explore Mars, CEO)
  • Janet Ivey (Explore Mars, President)

10:00 am-10:30am EDT – Hoppy Price (NASA JPL, Mars Orbital Mission 2033)

10:35 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. EDT – Janet Ivey (Explore Mars, Chair) interviews Naeem Altaf (IBM, Distinguished Engineer and CTO Space Tech) on the IBM State of the Space Industry Report and the IBM Cubesat Project

11:20 am-12:15pm EDT – Resource Usage

  • Moderator: Richard M. Davis (NASA, Deputy Director for Science and Exploration)
  • Michael Hecht (MIT Haystack Observatory, MOXIE Principal Investigator)
  • Stephanie Boyce (Paragon Space Development Corp, Senior Researcher and Aerospace Materials Engineer)
  • Dr Kris Zacny (Honeybee Robotics, Vice President)
  • Gerald “Gerry” Sanders (NASA, in situ resource use)

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT – TBD

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT – TBD

1:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. EDT – How space exploration is improving life on Earth

  • Moderator: Dr. Tiffany Vora (Singularity University, Faculty and Vice President, Digital Biology and Medicine)
  • Jason L Kessler (NASA, Program Director, Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs)
  • Shahreen Reza (Astreas, Founder and CEO)
  • Mohsen Alawadhi (United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, Mission System Engineer – Emirates Mars Mission)

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT – EVA suits and operations

  • Moderator: Christopher Nelson (The Aerospace Corporation, responsible for strategic planning and architecture of EVA)
  • Natalie Mary (The Aerospace Corporation, Exploration EVA SE&I)
  • Ryan Kobrick (Paragon Space Development Corp, Principal Investigator and Aerospace Engineer)
  • Greg Quinn (Collins Aerospace, Research Engineer, Aerospace Systems)
  • Larry Kuznetz (The Mars Suit Project, Founder and CEO)

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT – Why Mars

  • Co-moderators: Janet Ivey (Explore Mars, Chairman) & Mat Kaplan (Planetary Radio, Host)
  • Kavya Manyapu (NASA, Flight Operations and Training, EVA)
  • Jim Garvin (NASA, Chief Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • Steve Sherman (Living Maths, Director of Imagination)
  • Shawna Pandya (Orbital Assembly Corporation, Director of Medical Research)
  • Kavya Manyapu (NASA, Flight Operations and Training, EVA)
  • Hunter Stanchak (colonize Mars, founder)
  • Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne, Executive Director, Space)

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