The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and The University of Queensland proudly present the 2009 AIAA Distinguished Lecture...

FROM EARTH TO MARS: Steps Towards The First Human Mission To The Red Planet

by Dr Pascal Lee - Director of the Haughton-Mars Project, NASA Ames Research Center

Join Dr Pascal Lee for a fascinating insight into the cutting-edge technologies and exploration strategies being developed in preparation for the first human mission to the Red Planet. Find out about the what, why, when and how of exploring Mars.

This public lecture is FREE and ALL are welcome.

Date: Thursday 28th May

Time: 5:30 for 6:00pm start

Location: Raybould Lecture Theatre, Room 50-T203, Hawken Engineering Building, Cooper Road, University of Queensland, St Lucia

Map: Can be found at The Hawken Engineering Building is #50 and is in grid reference I11.

For more information: Contact Mr Mark Bateup via, Professor Michael Smart via or visit

A flyer with all the details can be downloaded at Earth to Mars% - Brisbane.pdf and the full talk abstract and Dr Lee's biography are below. Feel free to forward details of this event to others who may be interested. ALL are welcome. Apologies if you receive this more than once.

This event is part of a national lecture tour organised by the AIAA Sydney Section with funding through the AIAA Distinguished Lecturer Program. For more information visit

This event is also kindly supported by the University of Queensland.

Talk Abstract 
The first human mission to Mars will likely be humanity’s greatest undertaking in space exploration in the 21st century. As with all expeditions, its success will depend critically on preparation. The first steps towards a human journey to the Red Planet are already underway, as we continue to explore extreme environments on Earth and prepare for our return to the Moon. Human journeys to near-Earth asteroids and to the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, will also help pave the way. In time, humans will be ready for their first missions to the Red Planet.

Dr Pascal Lee will discuss progress being made around the world to achieve these milestones. He will examine the what, why, when, who, and how of a human mission to Mars, and most importantly, he will explain the how.

About Dr Pascal Lee 
Dr Pascal Lee is Chairman of the Mars Institute, a planetary scientist with the SETI Institute, and the Director of the Haughton-Mars Project at NASA Ames ResearchCenter. He has worked extensively in the Arctic and Antarctica, viewed as “analogs” for the Moon and Mars. He first proposed the Cold Early Mars Model based on his geological field work in Earth’s polar regions. Dr Lee was recently scientist/pilot in the first field test of NASA’s new Lunar Electric Rover, a small pressurised rover concept currently under development for the return of humans to the Moon.