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AIAA Houston Section Dinner Meeting: “Questioning the Surface of Mars as the 21st Century’s Ultimate Pioneering Destination in Space”

March 9, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


AIAA Houston Section will have a dinner event next Monday, March 9!
Presentation at 5:30 (FREE lecture only)
The presentation will take place in the Discovery Room of the Gilruth Center.

Join us as AIAA distinguished lecturer, Dan Adamo, explores what can be a pioneering destination in space. Why is Mars the widely accepted future?


This 1.5-hour lecture reviews historic Earthly distinctions between exploring and pioneering before applying these distinctions to destinations in space. Although a case can be made for human and robotic exploration in space, there is as yet no compelling rationale for “putting down roots” to pioneer anywhere off Earth. Why then is the surface of Mars widely accepted as humanity’s future “home away from home” to the extent some 200,000 people are willing to attempt forming a permanent colony there? There is no evidence suggesting humans can survive on the surface of Mars long term, let alone thrive there to produce viable offspring. A variety of evidence is presented to affirm the surface of Mars is a “socio-cultural” destination whose suitability for human pioneering is based on more than a century of fictional literature and poorly informed research as the Space Age dawned. More current knowledge of the “unexplored country” in our Solar System suggests small bodies such as asteroids and the moons of Mars are humanity’s best hope for pioneering off Earth this century.


Dan Adamo –
A recognized authority in human space flight trajectory design and operations with extensive experience in associated operations concept formulation, training, documentation, and software development

Specialties: Rendezvous launch window and orbit maneuver targeting, procedures development and coordination with domestic and international stake-holders, technical documentation, trajectory prediction and simulation, public education and outreach


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March 9, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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NASA/JSC Gilruth Center Discovery Room