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Briefing Date:04/30/2002
Topic:Safe on Mars: Precursor Measurements Necessary to Support Human Operations on the Martian Surface

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Space Studies Board
and
Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board
Committee on Precursor Measurements Necessary to Support Human Operations on the Surface of Mars

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Congressional Briefings
Tuesday, April 30, 2002
1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
428 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
and
B374 Rayburn House Office Bldg.

on

Safe on Mars:
Precursor Measurements Necessary to Support
Human Operations on the Martian Surface

by

Frederick H. Hauck, President and Chief Executive Officer, AXA Space; Member, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, National Research Council; and Chair, Committee on Precursor Measurements Necessary to Support Human Operations on the Surface of Mars, Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, National Research Council

A new report from the National Research Council assesses potential risks involved in human exploration of Mars because of possible environmental, chemical, and biological hazards on the planet. It also considers how the Mars robotic exploration program can help NASA identify and mitigate those risks in preparation for the first manned missions.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on May 1, 2002 and can be found online, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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