Human Exploration from Earth to Mars: Envisioning Becoming Interplanetary

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Recent missions to Pluto and Jupiter, along with earth-observation missions lay key groundwork for humanity becoming interplanetary. Space agencies, academia and industry are working now on the technologies and missions needed to put humans on Mars in the 2030s. These explorers will rely on advanced technologies, such as spacesuits and life-support systems that can only emerge via innovation that cuts across science, exploration, and technology. Science-technology-engineering-arts-math-design (STEAMD) is essential, and it is urgent to recruit the Mars Generation, including artists, designers, poets and makers.

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Dr. Dava Newman is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics at MIT and a Harvard–MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology faculty member. Her research includes space suits, life support and astronaut performance. Newman served as NASA Deputy Administrator from 2015–2017, has received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, has >300 publications, and has supervised 90 graduate students and mentored >200 undergraduates. She earned her Ph.D. in aerospace biomedical engineering and M.S. degrees from MIT, and her B.S. degree from Notre Dame.