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

Day 3 of the annual Humans to Mars Summit begins in Washington, DC and online today (September 15), and you can view all 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,” Explore Mars CEO Chris Carberry said in a statement. “While H2M 2021 will be primarily virtual, if it is safe to do so, we expect our audiences around the world to hold H2M meetings in restaurants, bars, private homes and other venues.”

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

Related: A Brief History of the Mars Missions.

Monday September 13

9: 50-10: 00 am EDT – Welcome and Opening Announcements

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

10: 00-10: 30 am EDT – A conversation with Representative Ed Perlmutter (United States House of Representatives) facilitated by Lisa Callahan (Lockheed Martin CO, Vice President and General Manager – Civil Commercial Space)

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

  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (Planetary Radio, presenter)
  • Kathryn Lueders (NASA, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate)
  • Hiroshi Sasaki (JAXA, Vice President and CEO, Manned Space Flight Technology Directorate)
  • David Parker (ESA, Director of Human and Robotics Exploration)

11: 35-12: 30 pm EDT – Planet of Robots: Milestones and Recent Discoveries on Mars

  • Moderator: Mat Kaplan (Planetary Radio, presenter)
  • Lori Glaze (NASA, Director, Division of Planetary Sciences)
  • Sanjay Vijendran (ESA, leader of the Mars strategy team and coordinator of Future Mars Studies (MarsX team))
  • Dr. Masaki Fujimoto (JAXA, Institute of Astronautical and Space Sciences (ISAS)
  • Hessa Almatroushi (United Arab Emirates Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, Emirates Mars Mission Chief Scientist)

1: 15-2: 00 pm EDT – Robots and Humans: an Essential Partnership on the Moon and Mars Q&A

  • Richard M. Davis (NASA, deputy director of science and exploration)
  • Clive Neal (University of Notre Dame, professor, geosciences)

2: 05-3: 00 pm EDT – Earth, Moon, Mars: Building a sustainable path to Mars

  • Moderator: Joe Cassady (Aerojet Rocketdyne, Executive Director, Space)
  • Maria Antonietta Perino (Thales Alenia Space Italia, Head of Advanced Space Exploration Programs)
  • Naoki Sato (JAXA, Director, Space Exploration System Technology Unit)
  • Chad Davis (Northrop Grumman, Senior Manager, Human Space Flight Operations and Integration)

3: 05-4: 00 pm EDT – Keeping the momentum: 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 (Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Professional Staff Member to Rank Member Roger Wicker (R-MS).

7: 00-8: 00 pm EDT – How can space exploration expand inclusion and diversity?

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

Tuesday September 14

9: 50-10: 00 am EDT – Welcome and Opening Announcements

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

10: 00-10: 55 am EDT – Building a Space Workforce: Inspiring and Motivating Pre-Professionals and Pioneers

Moderator: Aaron Shepard (Electrical Engineer / Scientific Communications)

Anthony Razo (SEDS, Chairman of the Board)

Andrea Lloyd (US Geological Survey, Land Resources Science and Operations, Landsat Program Technical Specialist)

Morgan Irons (Deep Space Ecology, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer)

Owen Welch (student, senior at William T. Dwyer High School)

11: 00-11: 30 am EDT – A Conversation with Bill Nelson (NASA Administrator) Facilitated by Janet Ivey (Explore Mars, President)

11: 35-12: 30 pm EDT – Get It On Mars: 3D Printing and Sustainability

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

1: 15-2: 10 pm EDT – Living Space Design on Mars

  • Moderator: Artemis Westenberg (Explore Mars Europe)
  • Michal Ziso (ZISO, CEO)
  • Vera Mulyani (Mars City Design, Executive Director)
  • Alfredo Muñoz (Abiboo Studio, executive director)

2: 15-3: 15 pm EDT – Nuclear propulsion / surface energy

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

3: 15-4: 15 pm EDT – A Path to Mars: Advantages and Challenges of Long- and Short-Stay Missions to 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 of Exploration in NASA’s Human Health and Performance Directorate)

Wednesday September 15

9: 50-10: 00 am EDT – Welcome and Opening Announcements

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

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

10: 35-11: 15 am EDT – Janet Ivey (Explore Mars, President) interviews Naeem Altaf (IBM, Distinguished Engineer & CTO Space Tech) on IBM’s State of the Space Industry Report and IBM Cubesat Project

11: 20-12: 15 pm EDT – Resource Utilization

  • Moderator: Richard M. Davis (NASA, Assistant Director of Science and Exploration)
  • Michael Hecht (MIT Haystack Observatory, MOXIE Principal Investigator)
  • Stephanie Boyce (Paragon Space Development Corp, Principal Investigator and Aerospace Materials Engineer)
  • Dr. Kris Zacny (Honeybee Robotics, Vice President)
  • Gerald “Gerry” Sanders (NASA, Utilization of On-Site Resources)

12: 15-12: 30 pm EDT – TBA

12: 30-1: 00 pm EDT – TBA

1: 45-2: 40 pm EDT – How Space Exploration Improves Life on Earth

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

2: 45-3: 45 pm EDT – EVA Suits and Operations

  • Moderator: Christopher Nelson (The Aerospace Corporation, Head of Architecture and Strategic Planning at 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, Personnel Research Engineer, Aerospace Systems)
  • Larry Kuznetz (The Mars Suit Project, Founder and CEO)

3: 45-4: 30 pm EDT – Why Mars

  • Co-moderators: Janet Ivey (Explore Mars, President) and 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, Imagination Director)
  • 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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