After the moon, Mars is NASA's next destination for human exploration. Rick will talk about some of the major challenges involved in getting people there, and how NASA is studying Mars from orbit and on the surface in order to meet those challenges.
So much progress has been made, and NASA is getting ever closer to being able to put boots on the Red Planet. It's long past a question of "Can we get to Mars" and well on to the questions of "Where will we land, and what will we do there." Rick will talk about much of that progress, and how NASA is, right now, pressing forward hard to get us there.
For students, we will share the many ways you can get involved with the Mars exploration community and with NASA.