April 15, 2015
Europe/Zurich timezone

Lecture in English only. No translation.

In the frame of a 3 days colloquium "AMS Days at CERN", 2 exceptional public lectures by NASA officials are opened to the general public.

Human Space Exploration

NASA's plan for human exploration will be presented as well as the challenges associated with human exploration of Mars. Radiation is one of the important challenges faced in Mars exploration. The AMS data collected from the International Space Station are contributing to the understanding and offering mitigation for the radiation challenge. This will be described in this talk.


William H. Gerstenmaier is the associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. In this position, Mr. Gerstenmaier provides strategic direction for all aspects of NASA's human exploration of space and cross-agency space support functions of space communications and space launch vehicles. He provides programmatic direction for the continued operation and utilization of the International Space Station, development of the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft, and is providing strategic guidance and direction for the commercial crew and cargo programs that will provide logistics and crew transportation for the International Space Station.


Mr. Gerstenmaier began his NASA career in 1977 at the then Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, performing aeronautical research. He was involved with the wind tunnel tests that were used to develop the calibration curves for the air data probes used during entry on the Space Shuttle.


Beginning in 1988, Mr. Gerstenmaier headed the Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) Operations Office, Systems Division at the Johnson Space Center. He was responsible for all aspects of OMV operations at Johnson, including development of a ground control center and training facility for OMV, operations support to vehicle development, and personnel and procedures development to support OMV operations. Subsequently he headed the Space Shuttle/Space Station Freedom Assembly Operations Office, Operations Division. He was responsible for resolving technical assembly issues and developing assembly strategies.


Mr. Gerstenmaier also served as Shuttle/Mir Program operations manager. In this role, he was the primary interface to the Russian Space Agency for operational issues, negotiating all protocols used in support of operations during the Shuttle/Mir missions. In addition, he supported NASA 2 operations in Russia, from January through September 1996 including responsibility for daily activities, as well as the health and safety of the NASA crewmember on space station Mir. He scheduled science activities, public affairs activities, monitored Mir systems, and communicated with the NASA astronaut on Mir.


In December 2000, Mr. Gerstenmaier was named deputy manager, International Space Station Program and two years later became manager. He was responsibility for the day-to-day management, development, integration, and operation of the International Space Station. This included the design, manufacture, testing, and delivery of complex space flight hardware and software, and for its integration with the elements from the International Partners into a fully functional and operating International Space Station.


Named associate administrator for the Space Operations Directorate in 2005, Mr. Gerstenmaier directed the safe completion of the last 21 Space Shuttle missions that witnessed assembly complete of the International Space Station. During this time, he provided programmatic direction for the integration and operation of the International Space Station, space communications, and space launch vehicles.

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium
Route de Meyrin 385 1217 Meyrin
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Booking is now closed. There are seats available for last minute participants. Otherwise the conference is available live on webcast.

Access for external persons:

Parking at the Globe is compulsory (unless you come by tram). The path from the Globe to the Auditorium will be marked with arrows through the indicated Entrance A. A CERN member will also be there to guide you.

The Entrance A is guarded and will close at 20:00 sharp.

Please make sure to stick to this schedule.

Thank you for your cooperation.