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Saturday, October 29 • 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Who’ll Put People on Mars First?

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

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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Robert Williscroft

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Dr. Williscroft is a retired submariner, diver, scientist, businessman, adventurer, author. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, 3 years in the Arctic, a year at the Geographic South Pole. He has appeared on dozens of talk shows, the Michael Medved show... Read More →


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