Celestial Citizen Ep. #304: Humans to Mars by the 2030s
On this week’s episode, we’ll be talking all things Mars with two leaders from the Explore Mars organization. We’ll also be discussing the upcoming Humans to Mars Summit, which is taking place in-person May 17–19th in Washington D.C. this year, and hoping to further conversations about how we get humans to Mars by the 2030s — the primary goal of this event.
Janet is the President of Explore Mars, and Creator and CEO of the award winning Janet’s Planet, which is committed to enriching the lives of children via education and live performances, TV, and online programming. With over 27 years in the children’s edutainment and space science outreach sector, Janet has captivated Nashville and beyond with her work. Her first TEDx Talk was in 2014 entitled, “AWE,(Art, Wonder and Experiential) Inspired Science,” her second TEDx Talk will happen May 3rd, at the Weiss School, entitled, “How To Inhabit Your Very Own Planet, #PlanetYou.” She has received 12 Regional Emmys, five Gracie Allen Awards, for her children’s series Janet’s Planet that airs on 140+ public television stations nationwide. Most recently Janet joined the Board of Directors for Explore Mars, she is also an active NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, on the Board of Governors for the National Space Society, the Educational Director of the Midsouth Chapter of NATAS, (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) recipient of the New World’s Institute’s inaugural Permission to Dream Award in 2016 and has won a STEM-FLORIDA Award for “Exploring Microgravity,” an educational video that she wrote and produced for Space Florida. Her mission is simple, amplify the love of space, science and exploration and to encourage this generation that MARS is theirs.
Also joining today, is Chris Carberry.
Chris is the CEO and co-founder of Explore Mars and a well-respected expert and influential director of strategic alliances in the space community as well as with non-traditional organizations. Chris has presented oral (and written) testimony to both the United States Senate as well as the United States House of Representatives and has been active in all levels of policy engagement with both the Executive and Legislative branches of government. In recent years, he has overseen Explore Mars’ annual Humans to Mars Summit, and has also spearheaded dozens of programs including the Mars Innovation Forum, the annual Community Workshops for the Achievability and Sustainability of Human Exploration of Mars series, the AR/VR and Space workshop series, the ISS and Mars Conference in Washington, D.C. and in Strasbourg, France, and the Women and Mars Conference in Washington, D.C. He has also conducted programs overseas, in such countries as the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Chris is also the creator, and one of the senior editors, of the annual publication known as the Humans to Mars Report that was highlighted in the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. In 2013, Chris was awarded a NASA Group Achievement award.