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  • [Video] A Trip to Mars - ABC4 Utah

    A trip to Mars: ABC4 explores a Mars simulation project in southern Utah

    By Tasmin Mahfuz, ABC4 Utah

    ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Ever wanted to visit Mars? ABC4 had an exclusive tour of a Mars simulation space project in Hanksville. Even though Mars is millions of miles away, it's not stopping enthusiasts from their very own martian expedition in southern Utah.

    Six selected strangers from around the world met at the Mars Society Desert Research Station (MDRS) to live as if they're in outer space.

    For two weeks, MDRS Crew 142 worked as a team to identify the challenges that scientists would face if they were actually on martian soil.

    The crew was led by commander Digby Tarvin (Australia) and the lucky applicants joining the space odyssey were Christiane Heinicke (Germany), Dario Paratesh, Italy, Cyprien Verseux (France), Carmel Johnston (USA) and Vincent Coljee (USA).

    To read the full article and view the video, please click here.

    Posted Nov 21, 2014, 6:46 AM by M Stoltz
  • Mars Arctic 365 Finalists Test at MDRS

    Finalist candidates for the Mars Arctic 365 Mission (MA365) are currently participating in field testing and training at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah as part of the down select process.

    MDRS Crew 142 (at left), commanded by Australian engineer Digby Tarvin, and including (from left to right) engineer Christiane Heinicke (Germany), engineer Dario Paratesh (Italy), Digby Tarvin, astrobiologist Cyprien Verseux (France), environmental scientist Carmel Johnston (USA) and biologist Vincent Coljee (USA), has just completed its two-week visit at the site and has handed the station over to MDRS Crew 143, which will also operate the facility for the next two weeks. 

    MDRS Crew 143 (at right) is led by planetary geologist Paul Knightly (USA) and includes, (from left to right) physicist Claude-Michel Laroche (Canada), aerospace engineer Alexandre Mangeot (France), arctic biologist Paul Sokoloff (Canada), journalist Anastasiya Stepanova (Russia), engineer Ian Silversides (Canada) and Paul Knightly. 

    Reports from Crew 143 will be posted online in English, French and Russian. 

    [Photo taken during pre-sim stage at MDRS]

    Posted Nov 18, 2014, 9:01 AM by M Stoltz
  • [Blog] The Importance of Scientific Literacy to a Human Mission to Mars
    By Nicole Willett
    Red Planet Pen Blog, Issue #31

    I could start this article off with a plethora of statistics and facts about how poorly we are doing in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in the US.  But we all know how poorly our performance has been for several decades.  The fault lies with everyone, not one group of people (ex: teachers or parents) or one political party. We must all bear the responsibility for the downfall of the scientific literacy in our country.  We have all been let down and we are letting our children down.  They have been promised a bright future full of endless possibilities, such as space exploration, humans to Mars, and to the stars.

    To read the full blog, please click here.
    Posted Nov 12, 2014, 7:23 AM by M Stoltz
  • Welcome to Mars!

    Crew Arrives "on Mars" to Kick-Off 2014-15 MDRS Field Season 

    The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Crew 142 arrived on Saturday afternoon at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah to begin the 2014-15 MDRS field season. 

    Crew 142, consisting of seven people, is the first of three crews composed of finalists for the planned Mars Arctic 365 mission that will serve at MDRS for two weeks of training and testing. 

    To follow the work of the MDRS crews during their rotating two-week visits involving Mars surface simulation activities and research, please visit the MDRS Facebook page or join the MDRS Twitter feed - @MDRSupdates.

    Posted Nov 2, 2014, 5:41 AM by M Stoltz
  • Calling All Space Advocates!
    Join the Mars Society, the Planetary Society, the National Space Society, ExploreMars and other major space advocacy groups in participating in the 2015
    Space Exploration Alliance Legislative (SEA) Blitz in Washington, D.C.! Help let members of Congress know that expanded space exploration and a human mission to the Red Planet is important to you and should be a top priority for the United States and its space agency. To sign up for the SEA campaign on Capitol Hill, scheduled to take place from February 22-25, 2015, please click here.
    Posted Nov 10, 2014, 12:20 PM by M Stoltz
  • Sign Up for 2015 University Rover Challenge

    Registration is now open for the Mars Society's 2015 University Rover Challenge (URC). Declare your team's intent to compete in the world's premier robotics competition for college students by December 5, 2014. 
    For full details about the registration process, please visit the URC web site.


    Posted Oct 20, 2014, 9:36 PM by M Stoltz
  • Humans to Mars as a Bridge to the Stars
    By Nicole Willett
    The Eerie Digest, 10.01.14

    Becoming a space faring civilization is the goal of millions of Earthlings. If one pays attention to the universe around him, it is impossible to deny its breathtaking humility. We long to explore, to expand, to go out and touch a piece of another planetary body. This longing is what encouraged NASA and their supporters to stand behind the Apollo missions to the Moon.   President John F. Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the Moon not because it is easy… but because it is hard.” We are on the verge of a new millennial space race. On September 16, 2014 NASA announced the human return to space. They are utilizing Boeing and SpaceX to accomplish this. SpaceX and many others have plans to send humans to Mars. The interest in exploring and settling the Red Planet is obvious.   The first true plans to go to Mars were analyzed in 1948 and published in the 1950’s by Dr. Werner von Braun. 

    To read the full article, please click here.

    Mrs. Willett is the Director of Educational Outreach for the Mars Society.
    Posted Oct 2, 2014, 5:42 AM by M Stoltz
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