We are happy to announce the Science Objectives for Human Exploration of Mars Workshop currently planned to be held in person May 2–5, 2022, in Denver, Colorado.
The workshop is co-sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate to actively engage the scientific community to determine what science could be done by human crews on the martian surface and how it can be achieved.
This workshop will discuss the highest priority science objectives for a first human mission to Mars and then develop several different possible concepts of operation that will enable that science. With the Artemis missions, humans will return to the Moon using innovative technologies to explore the lunar surface. We will use what we learn on and around the Moon to send the first astronauts to Mars. A human mission to Mars will be a landmark achievement and a golden opportunity to conduct groundbreaking science on Mars. The potential scope of the science activities is extraordinary.
Purpose and Objectives
Community input and early integration of science into the exploration architectures for the first human missions to Mars are essential to maximizing the science return. The purpose of this workshop will be to integrate identified high-priority science objectives and associated concepts of operations with realistic human mission architecture scenarios. Furthermore, this workshop is intended to lay out the fundamental groundwork for future discussions of landing site selection. Several working groups will be formed during the workshop to document outcomes of workshop discussions in more detailed reports.
Presentations and discussions at the workshop will focus on the most important science objectives for a human mission to Mars and how a human mission can uniquely address those objectives. Community reports such as the MEPAG Goals document record the highest priority goals for science on Mars, but not all goals are appropriate for all mission scenarios. The workshop will identify the highest priority science objectives for several different realistic human mission scenarios (surface stay duration, EVA quantity, etc.).
It is also important to identify any special equipment/instruments needed to accomplish these objectives and how the human crew should utilize this equipment. A key part of the discussions will be identifying the essential equipment and instruments needed to enable the highest quality science.
Finally, workshop discussions will focus on characterizing the different concepts of operation needed by a human mission to accomplish identified high-priority science objectives within the constraints of the mission scenario. This will include the amount of time needed to complete the essential tasks, the amount and type of EVA needed, and the quantity and type of robotic-human interaction.
Code of Conduct
The LPI is committed to providing a harassment-free experience for participants regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, or other protected status. While attending the meeting or any related ancillary or social events, participants should not engage in harassment in any form. All participants are expected to behave according to professional standards and in accordance with their employers’ policies on appropriate workplace behavior.
To report issues or concerns, contact LPI management at USRA-LPI Meetings Code of Conduct.