Public support and involvement will play an integral part in NASA's ability to advance Mars exploration. In order to gain this support, a wide variety of public outreach programs will be necessary in order to reach all possible segments of the population and increase voter knowledge and interest in Mares exploration and NASA programs. This can be achieved through cooperation with the public school system and efforts on adult education, support of the television and movie industries, use of the Internet as an educational tool, and increasing government support of exploration by fostering partnerships between politicians and scientists.
Team: University of Colorado
Through involvement in the educational process, NASA will not only be able to create interest of Mars exploration in their future supporters and tax base, but will also involve parents in their child's development. Interactive Mall Exhibits (IME's) will allow us access to an area of the public that is otherwise difficult to reach.
Utilizing several forms of media will also have an impressive impact on the public awareness. Product of films and series' involving NASA, as well as the use of the Internet to supply the public with information on Mars, will allow the public to easily access desired information.
Government support will also increase as the voting public's interest grows. Programs to allow scientists and representatives to voice and discuss their points of view will also allow them to develop a mutual understanding. Additionally, through the use of Mars web, the public will be able to send letters of support to their respective senators, as well as participate in Mars related polls.
By implementing multiple methods of education, the public, and country as a whole, will become literate in Mars related information. Growing support for the program will ensue, thus instigating a new are of manned space exploration starting with Mars exploration.