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Grand Prize. 2009 NSS Space Settlement Art Contest. "After the Storm" by Raymond Cassel.

It has now been 40 years since humans last set foot on the moon. It was assumed that the Apollo Program would be followed up by a Lunar colony and manned missions to Mars in the 80's and 90's. Cost overruns and lack of political will killed the dream until the rise of a private space industry and private manned efforts provide badly needed competition to government space programs. Now with private sector alternatives, the dream of spreading humanity beyond Earth is finally within reach.

Mars may be the best first step in making Humanity a multi-planet species. It has all of the raw materials needed to supply an industrial infrastructure with existing technology. It possibly has enough gravity to mitigate the health effects of low gravity allowing humans to survive and reproduce on its surface. It is our best hope for establishing a self-sufficient colony beyond Earth in our lifetimes. Most importantly, the lessons we learn on Mars will help us to live among the asteroids and beyond.

The Mars track will begin with a look at the history of Mars exploration on Thursday morning, followed by coverage of current efforts at studying the Red Planet. Friday will feature presentations on how to survive and establish a civilization on Mars. On Saturday morning featured speaker Robert Zubrin, founder of the Mars Society will speak about "Mars in Our Time". On Sunday morning, professional explorers Tom and Tina Sjogren will present their plan for getting humans to Mars.



Preliminary Agenda and Scheduled Speakers


Thursday: Location: Portofino
Time: 10 am - 10:10 am
Mars Track Introduction
Brandon Larson
ISDC 2013 Mars Track Co-Chair
Time: 10:10 am - 10:50 am
Presentation Title: Road to Sustainability
Heiko Martens-Scholz (Bio)
President, Road2sustainability
Time: 10:50 am - 11 am
Break
Time: 11 am - 11:10 am
Presentation Title: To Be Announced
NASA/NSS Student Space Settlement Contest Presentation
Time: 11:10 am - 11:30 am
Presentation Title: Mars One Conceptual Art
Bryan Versteeg
Team Member, Mars-One. Conceptual Artist for Visualizations Depicting Concepts in Space Exploration
Time: 11:30 am - 11:50 am
Presentation Title: JMARS Geospatial Information System
Brandon Larson
Mars Society. Independent Researcher
Time: 12 pm - 2 pm
Lunch
Time: 2 pm - 2:10 am
Presentation Title: To Be Announced
NASA/NSS Student Space Settlement Contest Presentation
Time: 2:10 pm - 2:50 am
Presentation Title: Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Season 12 Overview
Gerry Williams
Time: 2:50 pm - 3 pm
Break
Time: 3 pm - 3:45 pm
Presentation Title: Access to Mars - Operations in Cislunar Space and in LMO
John Strickland
NSS at-Large Director, Region 3
Time: 4:15 pm - 4:25 pm
Presentation Title: To Be Announced
NASA/NSS Student Space Settlement Contest Presentation
Time: 4:25 pm - 4:50 pm
Presentation Title: The Mars Initiative
Brandon Larson
Mars Society. ISDC 2013 Mars Track Co-Chair
Time: 5 pm - 5:50 pm
Presentation Title: Makerspaces In Space, Doing Space Activities
Ethan Chew, panel (Remote)

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Friday: Location: Delphi (2nd Floor)
Time: 10 am - 10:40 am
Presentation Title: Exploring Mars: 100 Years of Discovery
Rod Pyle (Bio)
TV Documentary Producer, Author/Writer, Educator
Time: 10:40 am - 10:50 am
Presentation Title: Cubesats to Mars
Gary Stephenson
Time: 10:50 am - 11 am
Break
Time: 11 am - 11:10 am
Presentation Title: To Be Announced
NASA/NSS Student Space Settlement Contest Presentation
Time: 11:10 am - 11:50 am
Presentation Title: Concrete Construction on Mars
Brandon Larson
Mars Society. ISDC 2013 Mars Track Co-Chair
Time: 12 pm - 2 pm
Lunch
Time: 2 pm - 2:20 pm
Presentation Title: Humans to Mars Summit Recap
Gary Stephenson
Time: 2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
Presentation Title: Atlantis Mars Rover
Ramesh Nidrabingi (Bio)
Student, MARSE Team
Time: 2:50 pm - 3 pm
Break
Time: 3 pm - 3:10 pm
Presentation Title: To Be Announced
NASA/NSS Student Space Settlement Contest Presentation
Time: 3:10 pm - 3:25 pm
Presentation Title: New Materials for Space Radiation Shielding
Stephen Voller (Bio)
CEO, Cella Energy Ltd.
Time: 3:25 pm - 3:50 pm
Presentation Title: One Way to Mars
Bruce Mackenzie (Virtual)
Founder, Mars Foundation. NSS Chapter Committee, former NSS Board of Directors
Time: 4 pm - 4:30 pm
Presentation Title: Fabrication Strategies and Their Simulation at the Mars Analog Hab
John Wilkes
Professor of Sociology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Saturday: Location: Aventine Ballroom
Time: 10 am - 10:50 am
Presentation Title: To Mars in Alpine Style (Featured Presentation)
Tom and Tina Sjogren
Founders of Explorersweb Inc
Time: 11 am - 12 pm
Presentation Title: Mars in Our Time (Featured Presentation)
Robert Zubrin
Founder and President, Mars Society




Speaker's Bio

More Coming Soon

speaker
Heiko Martens-Scholz President, Road2sustainability

Founding member of the German Green Party, reknown speaker, coach, author about leadership issues. Pioneer and Entrepreneur of the Future, Awards, and honours by McKinsey & Co, Schumpeter Society, IBM, UN. Founder and President of road2susttainability, leadership thinktank

speaker
Ramesh Nidrabingi Student, MARSE Team

Pursuing my Bachelors 2nd year in Aerospace Engineering, Aircraft and Helicopters Designing as Majors, and Rocket & Space Technology as minors - National Aerospace University, Kharkov, Ukraine.

Secured 2nd place in Space Settlement Contest in 2010 and 2011. ISDC 2013 would be my 4th consecutive conference (2010,2011,2012).

speaker
Rod Pyle TV Documentary Producer, Author/Writer, Educator

Rod Pyle is a bestselling author and recognized expert on the history of space exploration. His seven books have been published by Prometheus/Random House, McGraw-Hill, Smithsonian, HarperCollins and Carlton Books and are part of the permanent collection of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "Destination Moon" was cited as a "Top Ten Science Book of 2005" by About.com, and has been published in four editions. He recently completed "Destination Mars" for Prometheus books which was selected for Scientific American's Book Club. Rod is currently writing a new book about the Mars roverCuriosity, and is a regular on radio including WGN/Chicago, NPR, the syndicated "Coast to Coast" and Dr. Michio Kaku's "Science Fantastic."

Rod has developed and presented leadership training for NASA and The Conference Board at the Johnson Space Center. This program presents the history of leadership during the Apollo lunar program to the top executives of Conoco-Phillips, Michelin USA, and a number of other Fortune 100 companies.

As a producer-writer, Rod has created non-fiction programming for The History Channel, Veria TV, Discovery Communications and other clients. Space-themed shows include "Modern Marvels: Apollo 11" and "Mars: 100 Years of Discovery." As a journalist Rod writes regular articles and columns for Space.com, Huffington Post, MSNBC and other outlets.

Rod holds a BFA from the Art Center College of Design and an MA from Stanford University. He worked at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles for 10 years, and was a vice president of the World Space Foundation, a JPL-affiliated space science institution.

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Stephen Voller CEO, Cella Energy Ltd.

Experienced hydrogen and fuel cell CEO, having raised over $100m for start-up technology and automotive companies, including taking a hydrogen fuel cell company to IPO. Developed first ever commercial CE fuel cell generator based on metal hydride and compressed hydrogen. B.Sc (hons) from the University of Leeds, member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers.


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