Early 2020s – Launch of Worldwide Missions to Mars

Day: Wednesday 14 October
Time: 14:50 – 15:30 CEST

The first decade of the 2020s will be an exciting time in the exploration of our solar system. Four international spacecraft will be launched, all with Mars as their destination. This plenary is comprised of scientists who will discuss these missions. Proposed panelists are from NASA, ESA, UAE, and China. Discussions will focus around the scientific objectives of the spacecraft and current mission statuses. The plenary will also examine how these robotic missions can help prepare for both Mars sample return and human exploration of Mars.

Introduction

Thomas ZURBUCHEN

Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States of America

Moderator

Lisa MAY

Chief Technologist for Commercial and Civil Space Advanced Programs, Lockheed Martin Corporation

United States of America

Speakers

Yan GENG

Director of Deep Space Exploration Department of Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center (LESPC), China National Space Administration (CNSA)

China

Lori GLAZE

Director of Science Mission Directorate’s Planetary Science Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States of America

Albert HALDEMANN

Mars Exploration Group Chief Engineer, European Space Agency (ESA)

Netherlands (Holland, Europe)

Omran SHARAF

Emirates Mars Mission (Hope Probe) Project Director, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)

United Arab Emirates