The convention just finished and it was a great experience! The convention went smoothly, the speakers were great, and we met and made friends and engaged on many exciting topics and side discussions.
Talks covered topics ranging from the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory and proposed Geological Monitoring System (GEMS) Discovery mission, the latest from SpaceX and the Kepler mission, as well subjects as varied as power systems, navigation, and growing food on Mars. Panel discussions and track talks led to many side discussions and exchange of new ideas.
On a more somber note, Robert Zubrin, president of the Mars Society, warned of the dire straights NASA’s manned space program faces given its current rudderless direction in today’s budget environment, and gave us all a call to action.
We had attendees from around the country as well as several from overseas, and got to meet old friends, make new ones, and meet many locals interesting in our chapter. Thanks again to everyone in the local chapter and national whose efforts, dedication, time, and patience made this not only a success full, but fun experience!
See you on the 14th!