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Join Paul Hildebrandt (Director, ‘Fight for Space’) and Rich Evans (PR, Outreach Coordinator) at George Washington University on May 4, 2015 to kick off the Humans 2 Mars Summit! 

Sponsored by Endeavorist.org and presented by Explore Mars, Inc., this event is free and open to the public, where we’ll be premiering exclusive footage from the film, and discussing key themes ‘Fight for Space’ expands upon. 

Register here and sign up for #h2m2015 from May 5-7, 2015 to participate in speaking engagements featuring, for example:

  • Charles Bolden (NASA Administrator, Astronaut)
  • Kent Rominger (VP - Orbital ATK, Astronaut)

  • John Grunsfeld (NASA Associate Administrator - Science Mission Directorate, Astronaut)

  • James Garvin (NASA Chief Scientist, GSFC)

  • Pamela Conrad (NASA Deputy PI for Mars Curiosity, GSFC)

  • Joe Cassady (Executive Director - Aerojet Rocketdyne)

  • Emily Briere (Founder/Mission Director - Time Capsule to Mars)

#h2m2015 is a comprehensive Mars exploration conference that addresses the major technical, scientific, and policy challenges of getting humans to Mars, as well as how such missions can have positive impacts on STEM education, American Competitiveness and other important collateral issues.

‘Fight for Space’ is a documentary film that explains the economic and cultural benefits of human space exploration by examining the historical political events that have led to the decline of NASA’s budget since 1968, its struggle to return to the Moon, and their long-term effort to send humans to Mars. With a notable cast of interviewees ‘Fight for Space’ presents viewpoints from astronauts, space policy legislators, space entrepreneurs, industry leaders, scientists, and science communicators, the film addresses where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how we’re getting there. View all press here, and the trailer below:

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Tomorrow, July 11th (by close of business) is the final day to RSVP for the American Astronautical Society’s 60th Anniversary event!

And yes, you read that right. Astronauts and Scientists. Not just any astronauts and scientists either…

…Charles Bolden (NASA Administrator), John Grunsfeld (Associate Administrator of NASA’s Mission Science Directorate), Sandra Magnus (Executive Director of the AIAA or American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics)…all of which will be speaking on our panel to discuss the film!


Beforehand, however, the AAS Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Edward Stone!

Not familiar with Stone? Edward Stone was the Former Director of JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and the Lead Project Scientist for a little spacecraft you may know…

…that’s right. Ed Stone has been working with the Voyager spacecraft since the Grand Tour Mission. And what a time for an event like this to celebrate the man, as Voyager 1 was just confirmed “interstellar” (again) via data transmitted back from deep space!

So, if you can make it, join us on July 16th from 6pm-9pm in the National Academy of Sciences Building, for an evening of cosmic proportions :)

Every day is Earth day at NASA

Every day is Earth day at NASA

LONDON: It is the annual 45th Earth Day celebration from April 17-22 and NASA is offering online and live activities to reveal to the public their mission to protect and understand the Earth. NASA is capable of using space to increase understanding, ensure the future and improve lives. NASA is always developing new techniques to study the earth’s natural systems using long-term data records and…

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Hubble Space Telescope Marking 25th Anniversary in Orbit

Hubble Space Telescope Marking 25th Anniversary in Orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — One of NASA’s crowning glories, the Hubble Space Telescope, marks its 25th anniversary this week.

With 1 million-plus observations, including those of some of the farthest and oldest galaxies ever beheld by humanity, no man-made satellite has touched as many minds or hearts as Hubble.

NASA is celebrating Friday’s anniversary with ceremonies this week at the Smithsonian…

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Messenger Spacecraft on Course to Crash Into Mercury

Messenger Spacecraft on Course to Crash Into Mercury

NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft traveled more than 6.5 years before it began orbiting Mercury on March 18, 2011. (PHOTO CREDIT: NASA)

Gravity soon will kill the Messenger.

The NASA spacecraft that launched in 2004 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and became the first to orbit Mercury in 2011 is on course to crash into the planet’s surface…

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NASA's new horizons snaps first full-color image of Pluto

NASA’s new horizons snaps first full-color image of Pluto

NEW YORK: The image — which shows the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon (lower left) — was snapped on April 9 by NASA’s New Horizons, a space probe which is fast nearing Pluto.
Taken from a distance of about 71 million miles, the image reveals “tantalizing glimpses of [the Pluto] system,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, per Space.com.
The first spacecraft in…

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VIDEO: NASA Scientists Predict the Discovery of Alien Life Within a Decade - IGN News

Speaking during a panel about NASA’s projects to search for alien life and habitable worlds, the agency’s head scientists predict that humanity is teetering on discovering signs of alien life.

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NASA Scientists Hope to Find Alien Life on Jupiter's Moon Europa

NASA Scientists Hope to Find Alien Life on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

(PHOTO CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute)

Do we have neighbors on Jupiter’s moon Europa? That’s what NASA officials want to find out, and they asked scientists at a workshop earlier this week to consider ways to search for alien life within plumes of water vapor that seem to shoot from the moon’s surface, Space.com reports.

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"Messenger spacecraft going to create a new crater on Mercury

“Messenger spacecraft going to create a new crater on Mercury

CANADA: The NASA spacecraft that launched in 2004 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and became the first to orbit Mercury in 2011 is on course to crash into the planet’s surface April 30 at more than 8,700 mph.
“Messenger is going to create a new crater on Mercury at some point in the very near future,” said John Grunsfeld, head of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “Rather than be sad about that, we…

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Alien Supercivilizations Absent from 100,000 Nearby Galaxies

The most far-seeing search ever performed for “Dyson spheres” and other artifacts of “astroengineering” comes up empty. Where is everybody?

By Lee Billings

Astrobiology—the study of extraterrestrial life—has made great strides since its 1960s origins, when the evolutionary biologist George Gaylord Simpson derided it as “a science without a subject.” Today it is booming as never before, driven by perennially high public interest and steadily growing scientific respectability.

In a press conference last week two senior NASA officials—Ellen Stofan, the agency’s chief scientist, and John Grunsfeld, the former astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s science programs—predicted that astrobiologists would at last find their elusive alien subjects within only a decade or two. Not long ago the prediction would have been bold but now it seems almost passé, as more evidence mounts that the warm, wet conditions for life as we know it prevail throughout the cosmos. Surely simple, single-celled life should be common out there, waiting to be found by a rover in subsurface brines on Mars or by a mission sent to probe the oceans of the icy moons Europa or even via space telescopes gazing at Earth-like planets orbiting faraway stars. NASA generously funds all these efforts.

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Can you say ‘E.T.’? Will we like what we find?

Here’s the full quote, as delivered by NASA Chief scientist Ellen Stofan at Tuesday’s panel discussion on the Agency’s search for habitable worlds and alien life: “I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.”

“We know where to look. We know how to look,” Stofan added. “In most cases we have the technology, and we’re on a path to implementing it. And so I think we’re definitely on the road.”

Former astronaut John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, echoed Stofan’s assessment. “I think we’re one generation away in our solar system, whether it’s on an icy moon or on Mars, and one generation [away] on a planet around a nearby star.”

Saturn Moon Has Deep-Ocean Vents May Harbor Life

Saturn Moon Has Deep-Ocean Vents May Harbor Life

Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus exhibits signs of lifesupporting hydrothermal activity which may resemble that seen in the deep oceans on Earth, scientists say. Hydrothermal activity occurs when seawater infiltrates and reacts with a rocky crust and emerges as a heated, mineral-laden solution, a natural occurrence in Earth’s oceans. “These findings add to the possibility that Enceladus,… (more…)

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Enceladus, Saturn’s icy moon, hide an Ocean inside

Enceladus, Saturn’s icy moon, hide an Ocean inside

LONDON: Scientists have found yet another tantalizing clue that Saturn’s moon Enceladus may have the potential to host alien life: Hot springs.
Yes, new research reveals the first clear evidence that there could be hydrothermal activity in the icy moon’s underground ocean.
“These findings add to the possibility that Enceladus … could contain environments suitable for living organisms,” John…

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