Planetary Society Announces "Humans Orbiting Mars" Workshop Results, Planetary Society
"The goal of the workshop was to gather expert science, engineering, and policy professionals to build consensus on the key elements of a long-term, cost constrained, executable program to send humans to Mars ... As a result of workshop discussions, 70 attendees reached consensus on the following points: ... A full report on the "Humans Orbiting Mars" workshop will be released later in the year."
Keith's note: There will be a post-meeting media briefing this morning with Bill Nye, Scott Hubbard, and John Logsdon. It is doubtful that we'll learn what the remaining 63 participants actually had to say - just what these three want you to think that the participants said. Among the participants were NASA civil servants who were invited - and participated - in an official capacity. Among those listed on the agenda are NASA Advisory Council Chair Steve Squyres and more than half a dozen NASA civil servants including Loren Worley from NASA PAO. Indeed 9/31 people listed on the agenda as speakers work for NASA. All attendees - including the NASA civil servants - agreed in advance never not talk about their participation. This is, of course, in direct contrast to established Obama Administration Open Government and transparency policies when it comes to NASA employees participating in an official capacity. Given that NASA PAO had someone there who is bound not to speak just compounds this matter. In addition, I am told that NASA HQ management saw this event as being advisory in nature which calls into question whether the FACA has been breached.
((oh god Logsdon "female gender type" we are not aliens))— Emily Lakdawalla (@elakdawalla) April 2, 2015
Apparently 9/31 speakers from #NASA were participating in Humans Orbiting Mars event that is generating a proprietary Mars architecture— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) April 2, 2015
Bill Nye is clueless. He thinks that the only way to plan the exploration of Mars is to do so off the record where no one will be quoted.— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) April 2, 2015