This event has ended. View the official site or create your own event → Check it out
This event has ended. Create your own
Keep in mind that times, venues and even entire panels will be subject to change. Any schedule changes made after we go to print will appear here, so bookmark it! 
View analytic
Saturday, October 29 • 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Who’ll Put People on Mars First?

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule and see who's attending!

With multiple governmental and private Mars missions in the air, who is involved and who will get there first?


Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D.

Stephen Gaalema, Ph.D., has 30 years experience in analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design and related system development. At Black Forest Engineering, he’s helped develop 190+ custom integrated circuits for visible, IR, and x-ray image sensing and display. Previously employed at Hughes Aircraft Co., Gaalema was more recently chief engineer of Hughes Microelectronics Center, Carlsbad, California. At the Jet Propulsion... Read More →


Alastair Mayer

Alastair Mayer has the kind of background you might expect of a writer of "hard sci-fi action comedy adventures." He’s been a software developer, scuba diver, farmhand, bartender, contributing editor at Byte Magazine, private pilot; member of Jerry Pournelle's Citizen's Advisory Council on Space Policy, Canadian Astronaut Candidate, and president of two L5 chapters. His stories appear in anthologies such as Footprints and Space Horrors... Read More →
avatar for L. Neil

L. Neil "El Neil" Smith

Colorado-based prolific sf writer L. Neil Smith (“ElNeil”), also a musician who plays guitar and banjo, has written 28 books. Star Wars fans know him for his three Lando Calrissian novels. Smithwon Prometheus Awards for Best Novel for The Probability Broach(1982), considered one of the definitive libertarian sf novels and the first in a series about a Denver detective in an alternate-reality stateless... Read More →

Michael Carroll

Space artist and author Michael Carroll has illustrated books and magazines for 30 years. He is recipient of the Lucien Rudaux award for lifetime achievement in the astronomical arts, and has a digital painting on Mars on the deck of the Phoenix lander. His newest novel, Europa's Lost Outpost, is due out this December.
avatar for Robert Williscroft

Robert Williscroft

Author of the Amazon technothriller bestseller "Operation Ivy Bells" and the Hard SF "Starchild Series" -- "Slingshot" launched in August at the International Space Elevator Conference in Seattle, and "The Starchild Compact." "Slingshot" is about building the largest machine in human history -- a Space Launch Loop. "The Starchild Compact" presumes that Saturn's moon Iapetus is a derelict starship. "Operation Ivy Bells" takes place during the... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Mesa Verde B Ground Floor