2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Occupy Mars

Tuesday, March 15
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Next Stage
531 E 4th St


You've seen the movies about space travel or have read the books about Mars, but do you really know how hard it is to get to Mars? What are the technologies needed for humans to survive on the red planet? Getting there, landing there, and living on the Martian surface is a challenge NASA is addressing today. How is NASA going to overcome these challenges? Can we overcome these challenges? Our panel of innovative NASA engineers and thinkers will discuss why Mars is difficult and detail the many ways the space agency plans to one day put human footprints on the Martian soil.

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Ian Clark

Principal Investigator, Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Project

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Clark is an engineer in the EDL and Advanced Technologies Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a specialist in the area of Planetary Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL). He is currently ser...

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Jeffrey Sheehy



Dr. Jeffrey Sheehy is Chief Engineer of Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters, advising agency senior leadership on technology investment planning, content selection, and...

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Michelle Munk

EDL Principal Technologist


Education: B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech (1991) Background: Mrs. Munk possesses broad experience in orbital mechanics, planetary exploration, and technology development from three diff...

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Molly Anderson at SXSW

Molly Anderson

Principal Technologist


Molly Anderson is a Principal Technologist in NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, covering technology to utilize resources from other planets, life support and human support systems, space...

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