The 2015 Mars Society
Poster Contest is now underway! The winning design will be used as the primary
promotional graphic for the 18th Annual International
Mars Society Convention, to
be held at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., August
When designing a
poster, participants are asked to kindly incorporate the following theme of the
upcoming 2015 convention into their layout, that being: “Mars in Our Time.”
The winning designer will
receive free admission to all sessions at the Washington, D.C. convention, including one
ticket to the main Mars Society banquet.
[Please note that airfare and hotel accommodations are not included.]
The deadline for
submitting poster designs is Saturday, February 28, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
With regard to
technical requirements for the contest, the poster size should be 11" x
17". There are no restrictions on color. If your poster is selected, in addition to the full color poster the
artist will need to submit a gray-scale copy.
Poster designs can be
submitted as a .pdf file, although it is preferred in the original format
(i.e., Photoshop). To submit your poster, please e-mail the sample to: email@example.com. Please also use this e-mail address for any
questions regarding the contest or the submission process.
Use of Image:
Artist gives permission to The Mars Society to use digital images(s) of art
work in online and print media.
Disclaimer: The Poster Contest Artist, by submitting an application, agrees to
defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Mars Society from and against any and
all claims, demands or expenses (including attorney’s fees) for libel, slander,
invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright, personal injury, damages, or
any other claims, demand or expenses resulting from performance in connection
with this agreement.
[Image: The 2014 Mars Society Poster Contest winner]
The Mars Society will hold its 18th
Annual International Mars Society Convention on the beautiful tree-lined campus
of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., August 13 - 16 (Thursday thru Sunday). All primary convention events will take place at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center (better known as "The Pryz").
This major four-day conference will bring together leading experts, scientists, engineers, policymakers, government officials,
entrepreneurs, historians, philosophers and journalists to discuss the
significance of the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and
political-economic developments that could pave the way for the human
exploration and settlement of the Red Planet, by either public or private
For more information about the upcoming Mars
Society convention, including registration details, sponsorship opportunities and volunteer requirements, please visit our convention web site page.
Call for Papers
The Mars Society invites presentations for
the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention.Subjects for discussion can involve all
matters associated with the exploration and settlement of the planet Mars,
including science, technology, engineering, politics, economics, public policy,
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be
sent by June 30, 2015 to: The Mars Society, 11111 West 8th Avenue, Unit A,
Lakewood, CO 80215 or forwarded via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail
submissions are preferred).
sheet metal parts. This announcement comes just weeks after registration for URC2015 closed with a record 44 teams from eight countries on six continents.
The unique sponsorship deal with Protocase will be the first ever that provides products and services to every single team registered in the competition. Each URC team will receive a $2,000 (USD) credit towards custom parts manufactured by Protocase, and a subsequent 50% discount on all products/services beyond this amount.
As a manufacturer of customer-designed components, Protocase works with Computer Aided Design (CAD) models supplied directly by the customer. URC teams will be required to attend a virtual "webinar" hosted by Protocase that describes the design requirements, and explains their process in detail. Details regarding this webinar will be sent to teams at a later time, and will be available both live, and in an archived format.
(MWOB) Expedition 1, Crew145 was a group of international,
interdisciplinary and intercultural team of scientists, engineers, space
physicians and artists. Our aim was to create and test capabilities
related to enable future Human Missions to Mars. To that end, MWOB
conducted its first expedition at the Mars Desert Research Station with
Crew 145 led by Crew Commander, Susan Jewell MD, a veteran MDRS Analog
Astronaut (as the HSO for Crew134 and a finalist for MA365 Artic
competition as HSO /Journalist for FMARS MA365 Crew144). Crew 145
comprised of Crew Engineer/ Robotics, Matteo Borrei, XO/Crew Scientist,
Michal Czapski, and HSO/Greenhab Officer, Julielynn Wong MD.
the very start of the mission the overwhelming obstacles, the large
number of projects, and reduced size of the crew challenged the team to
its limits both physically and mentally. The original crew of seven
members was reduced to four which increased the physical and operational
workloads and tasks planned for a larger team. These overwhelming odds
played against our mission success during the two week expedition.
Additionally, Dr Jewell completed two prior consecutive weeks in
simulation and first to conduct a back-to-back mission when she took
commandership of MDRS Station as Crew145 from Crew144 on 13th December
However, the collaborative, collective team work and effective
reorganization and restructuring of the internal schedules and
re-allocation of project payloads, redistribution of roles and
responsibilities permitted strong bonding and crew cohesion to enable
completion and the ultimate success of the mission. Furthermore, the
successful collaborations with remote teams of scientists and space
organizations supported the crew to fully engage in the multiple
approved scientific, medical, psychological, robotics and technological
studies along with several social media public outreach and space art
projects during the expedition.
To read the full mission summary, please click here.
On December 16, 2014 at the American Geophysical Union conference in
San Francisco, a panel of scientists working on the Mars Science
Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover data
announced what we have all been
waiting decades to hear. John Grotzinger stated unequivocally, “…there
is methane occasionally present in the atmosphere of Mars and there are
organics preserved in (…) rocks on Mars.”
Why is this important? All life on Earth that we have discovered so
far is carbon based, aka organic. Carbon is found in the DNA of all
life forms on Earth. Carbon can bind with many other elements to form
thousands of molecules that are involved in biological processes.
Needless to say, finding organics and methane is a game changer for all
of science, from astronomy to zoology. Organics in general refer
to molecules that are often found as components of life. We know from
studying life forms on Earth that methane is a common organic molecule
that is a waste product of bacteria and macro organisms. In fact
approximately 90% of Earth’s methane has a biological origin. However,
about 10% of methane on Earth is a result of geological
activity. According to author Jeffrey Bennett from the University of
Colorado, Boulder, “The amount of methane in the atmosphere appears to
vary regionally across Mars, and also seems to vary with the Martian
seasons. This has led some scientists to favor a biological origin
(…) if the source is volcanic (…) the amount of (…) heat necessary for
methane release [could] be sufficient to maintain pockets of liquid
water underground.” Pockets of liquid water would be conducive to life.
The Mars Society regrets to
announce the loss of the Mars Desert Research Station’s Fisher GreenHab to an
accidental fire yesterday afternoon (Dec. 29th). There were no injuries to Crew 146, the four-person team currently using the MDRS facility outside Hanksville, Utah.
According to a Mars Society spokesperson,
the Mars habitat, which includes crew work stations and living quarters, did not
sustain any damage, with the fire being limited to the GreenHab. Acting quickly, crew members were able to safely put out the fire.
The Fisher GreenHab was the
second GreenHab built at the Utah station. An earlier prototype structure was
lost during the first MDRS field season due to heavy winds. It served as a
model for the second generation GreenHab, a larger and more permanent unit built
by Gary Fisher in 2003.
For five seasons, the
facility functioned as an experimental closed loop water recycling system, but
testing ceased when it was concluded that the system was too small to
maintain the Habitat with six full-time crew members.
In 2009 the GreenHab was
refitted for use as a greenhouse. Under the direction of GreenHab Coordinator
Nick Orenstein, it was successfully utilized for three seasons to grow crops
for the MDRS crews. A variety of important experiments were scheduled to be
carried out in the GreenHab during the current 2014-15 field season.
“We plan to erect a new
GreenHab as soon as possible in order to conduct these critical research
projects. With the help of our membership and friends, I’m confident the Mars
Society will be able to raise the necessary funds to replace the GreenHab in
the very near future,” said MDRS Director Shannon Rupert.
To contribute to the Mars Society’s “Rebuild the GreenHab” Fund, please