Mars Society Convention at University of California, Irvine

2017 International Mars Society Convention AT University of California Irvine

Mars in the News: Kids Talk Radio Science

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In just a few days, the Mars Society, the world’s largest and most influential Mars advocacy organization, will be marking its twentieth annual international convention dedicated to the study of and planning for human Mars exploration. This year’s conference will take place September 7-10 on the picturesque campus of the University of California Irvine.


Leading scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government officials, members of academia and space advocates will gather to discuss the most recent scientific discoveries, technological advances and political and economic developments that could help pave the way for a human mission to the Red Planet.


Some of the speakers will include:


+ Anousheh Ansari, First Female Private Space Explorer (banquet speaker)

+ Dr. Dava Newman, Former Deputy Administrator, NASA

+ Dr. John Grotzinger, Former Project Scientist, Curiosity Mission, NASA

+ Dr. Scott Moreland, Member, Mars 2020 Rover Team, JPL

+ Dr. Mohamed Nasser Al-Ahbabi, Director-General, UAE Space Agency (via Skype)

+ Dr. Robert Pappalardo, Project Scientist, Europa Clipper Mission, JPL

+ George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic

+ Vera Mulyani, CEO, Mars City Design

+ Cast Members, NatGeo  MARS  Series (via Skype)

+ Bob Barboza, Founder/Director, Barboza Space Center High School Fellowship Programs

+ Dr. Robert Zubrin, President & Founder, The Mars Society

Additional Middle and High School Announcements:

Bob Barboza will be announcing the National and International Occupy Mars Learning Adventures Robots of the Future Competition and the 2018 Barboza Tiger Team

Fellowship Programs.   2018 Barboza Space Center Fellowship Program will be held on the campuses of USC, California State Universities Long Beach and California State University,  Dominguez Hills.  For more information visit:

Additional Information:

Kids Talk Radio Science

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