Sooner or later, humans will walk on the Red Planet. NASA scientist Pascal Lee and The Martian author Andy Weir want it to be “sooner,” and they have deep insights—both technical and psychological—about how to make it happen. Join Lee and Weir in conversation with science writer Mary Roach (Packing for Mars) for a spirited conversation on the promise and peril of humanity’s first in-person exploration of an alien planet.

Dr. Pascal Lee is the author of Mission: Mars. He is also co-founder of the Mars Institute, planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, and principal investigator for NASA's Haughton-Mars Project. Andy Weir is the author of The Martian. He is working on a new "hard sci-fi" novel (where everything is accurate to real-world physics) set in a city on the Moon. It's about a woman who, as a low-level criminal, gets in way over her head (... and high above ours).

Pascal Lee, Andy Weir, Mary Roach

WHAT: EXPLORING MARS, a conversation moderated by Mary Roach
WHO: Pascal Lee, Andy Weir, Mary Roach
WHERE: Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Rd. (at Montrose Ave.), Palo Alto
Map: [https://goo.gl/maps/AEUBk5tcokP2]
WHEN: 2016-10-19 — 7:00pm, Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Produced in collaboration with the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley.