NASA's Next Giant Leap: The Journey to Mars
Saturday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM
110 E 2nd St
The first steps have already been taken in the human journey to Mars. Embarking on a path of exploration even more ambitious than the Apollo missions of 45 years ago, NASA is currently laying the foundation to fulfill the dream of decades by sending astronauts to the Red Planet. Building on the success of robotic exploration of Mars, NASA will take a major step toward human missions with a test launch of the Orion crew vehicle in December 2014. That launch will pave the way for the upcoming launch of Orion on Space Launch System, the world's most powerful rocket. Together, Orion and SLS will serve as the backbone that will eventually enable human missions to Mars. Important knowledge for the journey is also currently being gained aboard the International Space Station, where astronauts from around the world are learning more about long-duration spaceflight. Beginning very soon, a series of increasingly ambitious missions will build on those first steps, culminating in the first steps on Mars.
Program Mgr, NASA's Space Launch System
Todd May manages the Space Launch System Program, located at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, leading the nationwide team developing America’s next heavy-lift vehicle for deep-space exploration...Show the rest
Todd May manages the Space Launch System Program, located at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, leading the nationwide team developing America’s next heavy-lift vehicle for deep-space exploration and science.
Before beginning his work with SLS in 2011, May oversaw or helped manage many robotic and human spaceflight efforts, including:
• The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Lunar Crater Observation Sensing Satellite that confirmed the presence of ice on the Moon
• The Chandra X-Ray Observatory
• New propulsion technologies
• The Discovery and New Frontiers Program Office, which developed low-cost missions to encounter comets and asteroids, return scientific samples from deep space, and explore Pluto for the first time
• Gravity Probe B, which tested Einstein's general theory of relativity
• The International Space Station’s airlock, working with the NASA’s Russian partners and ISS payloads.Hide the rest