Steps Towards the First Human Missions to Mars


Steps Towards the First Human Missions to Mars


Pascal Lee

About the Speaker

Dr Pascal Lee is Chairman of the Mars Institute, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, and Director of the Haughton-Mars Project at NASA Ames Research Center. He has worked extensively in the Arctic and Antarctica viewed as “analogs” for the Moon and Mars. He was first to propose the Cold Early Mars model based on his field work in Earth’s polar regions.

Dr Lee is internationally recognized for his efforts to advance the human exploration of Mars, in particular via its moons Phobos and Deimos. He was recently scientist-pilot in the first field test of NASA’s new Small Pressurized Rover, a concept vehicle currently under development for the future human exploration of the Moon and Mars.



The first human mission to Mars will likely be humanity’s greatest undertaking in space exploration in the 21st century. As with all expeditions, its success will depend on planning. The first steps towards a human journey to the Red Planet are already underway, as we explore extreme environments on Earth and prepare for new journeys to the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos.

Dr Pascal Lee will discuss progress being made around the world, from the Arctic to Antarctica, to achieve these milestones. He will examine in turn the what, why, when, who, and how of a human mission to Mars. Specific lessons learned from the NASA Haughton-Mars Project will be discussed.


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Grand Forks, ND

Steps Towards the First Human Missions to Mars