2018 Humans to Mars Report Released at Humans to Mars Summit

WASHINGTON, DC, May 8, 2018 (Explore Mars PR) — Explore Mars, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2018 Humans to Mars Report (http://exploremars.org/the-humans-to-mars-report) was officially released today on the opening morning of the three-day Humans to Mars Summit (H2M.ExploreMars.org) in Washington, DC.

“Now in its fourth year, the annual Humans to Mars Report (H2MR) has become one of the most influential publications in the space community”, said Rick Zucker, Explore Mars’ Vice President (Policy). Added Zucker, “H2MR provides a unique snapshot of the progress that has been made in mission architectures, science, domestic and international policy, human factors, and public perception regarding human missions to Mars, and thereby serves as an invaluable resource for both stakeholders and policymakers alike.”

The past year has seen a large number of milestones in policy and leadership that will certainly impact the future of human spaceflight for decades. As noted in this report, through these changes support for humans to Mars remains strong, but important decisions will need to be made soon so that humanity can finally start exploring deep space again.

According to Explore Mars, Inc. Board member and Executive Vice President, Joe Cassady, “I am heartened to see the continuing progress on architectural elements documented in the H2MR to get humans to Mars by the 2030s.  The constancy of purpose that has been maintained throughout the transition of Presidential administrations and NASA leadership will allow us to continue toward this goal.”

Explore Mars will distribute this report to every member of Congress, all attendees of the Humans to Mars Summit, policymakers, members of the press, and space exploration stakeholders.

“This report ones again shows the resilience of the American space program,” Explore Mars President Artemis Westenberg remarked. “With strong leadership and the right decisions, we firmly believe that humans are still on track to walk on Mars by 2033.”

About Explore Mars 

Explore Mars was created to advance the goal of sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. To further that goal, Explore Mars conducts programs and technical challenges to stimulate the development and/or improvement of technologies that will make human Mars missions more efficient and feasible. In addition, to embed the idea of Mars as a habitable planet, Explore Mars challenges educators to use Mars in the classroom as a tool to teach standard STEM curricula. Explore Mars, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • BeanCounterFromDownUnder

    What a load of crock. Reports, policies, etc, mean bugger all if there’s no funding. Dream on scuzz buckets. The only ones likely to achieve anything in terms of real progress are doing it now, ie. Bezos and Musk. They have the vision, focus, plan and money. NASA et al have none of that.

  • Michael Halpern

    Actually they discuss all currently in development architectures and their progress as well as tech needed there and enroute

  • passinglurker

    Only thing worse than a plan with no funding is funding without a plan (cough!-sls-cough!)

  • Zed_WEASEL

    Read the report. The main theme seems to be using the SLS and Orion plus undetermined SEP tugs, transfer habitats, landers & ascenders and Mars ground systems for Mars surface mission in the 2030s.

    Totally unrealistic. At the current funding levels the Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway and the SLS/Orion will take almost all of the HSF budgets through 2030. So it is more accurate that NASA might start the non SLS/Orion parts of a Mars mission in the late 2020s at the earliest with missions possible by the end of the 2030s.

    More likely the entire Mars program will be rehashed after every US presidential and Congressional change. So the only hardware produced will be the SLS block 1 with the Lunar exclusion Orion until after 2030.

  • Paul_Scutts

    Actually, BCFDU, I think you are being a bit harsh. To have successful human missions anywhere significantly past the orbit of the Moon will require the development of a multitude of technologies, not just the means of transportation off-Earth. Some of these technologies are being publicly funded, e.g. space based nuclear fission reactors. I encourage the work of these societies, elements of their work can and will be incorporated within future human deep space missions. Regards, Paul.

  • BeanCounterFromDownUnder

    Ok so maybe a bit harsh but I watched the Apollo missions and although clearly pushing the technology to its limits for the day, thought like most of my generation, that we’d have bases on the Moon and Mars by now. But we don’t and it always seems like the can being kicked down the road another 10, 20 or more years. I firmly believe that the current incumbents have no desire to expand the human race beyond Earth hence when I read reports such as this one, I laugh, chuck it in the bin and wait for the next one.

  • therealdmt

    I agree that the results from previous reports have been disappointing. However, I have faith that *this* one is going to be different!


  • BeanCounterFromDownUnder

    Why? When you keep doing the same thing in the same way over and over again, why should the results be any different?

  • Zed_WEASEL

    The pages in the report on what the folks from Hawthorne are planning to do.