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Astronauts and Robots: Partners in Space Science and Exploration

Pasadena, California

Human mission to an asteroid

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- Program as of March 26 -


Tuesday, May 12


7:15    AAS Corporate Members Breakfast (Invitation Only)


7:30    Registration Opens / Networking / Continental Breakfast


8:30    Welcome and Announcements  

Walt Faulconer,  AAS Executive Vice President


8:45    JPL Welcome and Update

            Charles Elachi, Director   


9:15    Keynote

Jim Bell, Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University; President, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society


9:45    Break   


10:00  NASA’s Science Program Update

Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director, Science Mission Directorate, NASA HQ    


10:45  NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Program Update

Jason Crusan, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA HQ


11:30  Awards Lunch – plus Conversation with the JPL Mars Program Team

with Fuk Li, Director for Mars Exploration; Ashwin Vasavada, MSL/Curiosity Project Scientist; John McNamee, Mars 2020 Project Manager; and Jim Watzin, Director, Mars Exploration Program, NASA HQ 11:30 to 12:00 – get food and return to seats

12:00 to 1:00 – Award presentations and conversation with Mars Team


1:00    Integration of Robotic and Human Exploration

Moderator:  Scott Hubbard, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University 



3:00    Break    


3:15    Destination Mars:  Pathways     

Moderator: John Baker, Systems Engineer, JPL  



 5:15    Networking Reception with Movies

            Theodore von Kármán Auditorium


Wednesday, May 13


7:30    Registration Opens / Networking / Continental Breakfast   


8:30    Opening Remarks:  TBD 


8:45    Environment for Pragmatic Realities: Politics, Money and Technology

Moderator:  Charles Elachi, Director, JPL



10:15  Break


10:30  Roles and Perspectives of the Aerospace Industry

Moderator:  Larry James, Deputy Director, JPL 



12:15  Lunch – Conversation with JPL’s Dawn Team

Carol Raymond, Dawn Mission Deputy PI; Bob Mase, Dawn Project Manager; Marc Rayman, Dawn Project System Engineer; and Christophe Sotin, Solar System Directorate Chief Scientist

12:15 to 12:45 – get food, return to seats

12:45 to 1:45 – Conversation with Dawn Team


1:45    NASA’s Robotic Space Science Program Today: Current status and selected highlights of late-breaking science discoveries  

Moderator:  Dan McCleese, JPL Chief Scientist  



3:15    Break 


3:30    Future Missions – Confirmed or Nearing Confirmation 

Moderator:  Jakob van Zyl, Associate Director for Program Formulation, JPL



5:00    Wrap-up

Walt Faulconer, AAS Executive Vice President


Closing Reception with Optional Tour of JPL

Theodore von Kármán Auditorium



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Astronauts and Robots: Partners in Space Science and Exploration
May 12, 2015 - May 13, 2015, 7:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Theodore von Kármán Auditorium
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
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