NASA's Exploration Programme - A Path to Mars

14 May 2014

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This lecture will be given by Dr Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist and Jim Adams, Deputy Technologist at NASA.

This lecture will provide an overview of NASA’s plans to develop a human exploration pathway to Mars, including plans for a human mission to an asteroid, with a specific focus on how science and technology will shape, and be shaped by, these ambitious plans.  They will also discuss the opportunities for international cooperation.

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Speaker Details

Dr. Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist and Jim Adams, Deputy Chief Technologist, NASA

Dr Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist, NASA

In her current role Dr Ellen Stofan serves as a principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the Agency’s science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. 

Prior to her appointment, Stofan was Vice President of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and Honorary Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London in England. Her research has focused on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Earth. Stofan is an Associate Member of the Cassini Mission to Saturn Radar Team and a co-investigator on the Mars Express Mission’s MARSIS sounder. She was also principal investigator on the Titan Mare Explorer, a proposed mission to send a floating lander to a sea on Titan.

From 1991 through to 2000, Stofan also held a number of senior scientist positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Jim Adams, Deputy Chief Technologist, NASA

James Adams came to the Office of the Chief Technologist from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. There, he served as the Deputy Director of the Planetary Science Division, overseeing the Discovery, New Frontiers, Lunar Science and Mars programmes. He was responsible for the development of several key technologies including Ion Propulsion, Radioisotope Power Systems and Pu-238 production strategies. Prior to this post, Adams served as the Project Manager for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, as well as a Space Station Freedom Systems Integration Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).


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