Eighth International Conference on Mars
Start date: 15 Jul 2014
Address: California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, California, United States
As of 2014, we will have completed 15 years of concentrated scientific exploration of Mars. This period includes nine successful missions, as well as telescopic observations from Earth, studies of martian meteorites, and a variety of numerical and laboratory modeling activities. Two additional missions will be en route to Mars at the time of the conference (NASA's MAVEN and ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission), and several other missions are actively under development for launch during the period 2016-2020. The Eighth International Mars Conference will be an ideal time to step back and summarize our current understanding of Mars, consolidate our primary paradigms for martian processes and history, and refocus the primary scientific questions that remain in front of us.