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“We are much closer today to being able to send humans to Mars than we were to being able to send men to the Moon in 1961, and we were there eight years later. Given the will, we could have humans on Mars within a decade.” -- Dr. Robert Zubrin, Mars Society President

About the Mars Society

The Mars Society is the world's largest and most influential space advocacy organization dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. Established by Dr. Robert Zubrin and others in 1998, the group works to educate the public, the media and government on the benefits of exploring Mars and creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet.
Mars Society activities include:
  • Mars analog simulations in the Utah Desert and the Canadian Arctic
  • The University Rover Challenge and Youth Rover Challenge
  • Public outreach and educational programs
  • Political advocacy efforts
  • Privately-funded research
  • Chapter meetings in the U.S. and around the world
  • The Annual International Mars Society Convention

Mars Desert Research Station

The MDRS is the Mars Society's Mars analog habitat located near Hanksville, Utah. Annual field seasons run from October through May, consisting of two week crew rotations.

The Mars Arctic 365 Mission

The Mars Society is planning a one-year Mars surface simulation expedition in the Canadian High Arctic at the organization’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Devon Island.


A Minimalist, Live-off-the-land Approach To Colonizing the Red Planet

Maximum Results

By learning from past pioneers, Mars Direct is built for maximum results with minimum investment.

Live Off The Land

There is no need to bring everything to Mars, we plan to produce fuel on the surface using Mars' atmosphere.

Today's Technology

Using existing launch technology, the plan drastically lowers the amount of material which must be launched to Mars.

Minimal Launch Mass

Mars Direct employs minimal mass requirements, sidestepping the biggest roadblock to human exploration that we face today.

A Plan for Today

Through Mars Direct's design philosophy, the plan rapidly accelerates the timetable for human exploration of the solar system.

Mission Length

Exploring the Red Planet needs time, and future explorers will spend a year and a half on the planet's surface.

Earth-Mars Transit

Mars is a great distance from Earth but by utilizing our planetary orbits, we can reduce transit time to six months.

Modular Living

Multiple habs can be sent to the same site and linked together, allowing for the beginning of a permanent human settlement on Mars.

For additional information, visit our Mars Direct page.

Be a part of the worldwide effort to send humans to Mars.