2016 Schedule

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

Surviving the Red Planet

Sunday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Westin Austin Downtown
Paramount 2-3
310 E 5th ST

A human mission to Mars has long been fodder for science fiction and imagination, but now is closer to reality than ever. Sophisticated systems will be critical for the survival of this new generation of space explorers. NASA and XPRIZE have each initiated public challenges to accelerate innovation in areas such as 3D-printable shelter, medical care, life support, and scientific sample collection. These challenges seek to exceed the bounds of current capabilities and find revolutionary technologies that will benefit humans in space and on Earth. This panel will discuss what these challenges hope to accomplish, how you can be involved, and how today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s reality.

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Jason Crusan at SXSW

Jason Crusan

Dir Advanced Exploration Systems Division


As Director for the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division with the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Ja...

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Monsi Roman

Program Mgr


Monsi C. Roman is the program manager for NASA's Centennial Challenges. The program uses prize competitions and awards to accelerate innovation and crowdsource solutions that benefit NASA and the n...

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Rick Sternbach at SXSW

Rick Sternbach


Rick Sternbach has been a space and science fiction artist since the early 1970s, often combining both interests in a project. His clients include NASA, Sky and Telescope, Data Products, Random Hou...

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Robert Bohme


Part-Time Scientists (Google Lunar XPrize team)


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