The conference will outline the current options for a Mars Sample Return mission in the next decade. It is a unique opportunity for space agencies and industry to share what has been achieved and what is next on the roadmap to Mars.
China is pushing forward on a number of space fronts, including milestone-making robotic missions to the moon, as well as scoping out an automated Mars sample--return mission by 2030.
With NASA’s long-term strategy for human missions to Mars in flux, heads of several space agencies said they supported initial missions to the moon as a key step before going to Mars.
Not surprisingly, U.S. presidential candidates’ stances on taxes, the economy and national security resound more with voters than space policy. However, space policy remains a germane topic for candidates to consider.