Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin will appear on The Space Show on Thursday, March 13 from 7:00-8:30 pm (PDT). The Space Show is one of the leading online science news programs, hosted by Dr. David Livingston.
During the interview, Dr. Zubrin will talk about the Mars Society's Mars Arctic 365 mission and current planning for a human mission to the Red Planet.
The Mars Society is holding the 17th Annual International Mars Society Convention in League City, Texas (right outside Houston near NASA's Johnson Space Center) August 7-10, 2014. The event will bring together key experts, scientists, policymakers and journalists to discuss the latest news on Mars exploration and efforts to promote a human mission to the Red Planet.
Mars Society management is looking for reliable volunteers (age 18 and up) to help us during the four-day convention with registration and other related activities. If you're interested or would like more details about our volunteer options, please contact us (email@example.com).
Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS)
Crew 137, also known as ‘Team Nippon’, began its two-week field rotation at
the Mars hab facility in the Utah desert on March 1st.
six-person Japanese team, led by MDRS veteran Dr. Hiroyuki Mirajima, is carrying out a variety of research testing while “on Mars.” This includes the study and
design of Mars habitats, possible cooking methods and hygiene control for
future Mars astronauts and the testing of high mobility exploration on the
Martian surface using EVA equipment.
To follow Crew 137’s work while at MDRS, please visit our Facebook page. Also the Japanese chapter of the Mars Society maintains its own Facebook group page, with regular updates about Crew 137’s activities.
The Mars Society is pleased to
announce the establishment of a new chapter in Egypt, the organization’s first official
presence in the Arab world. Initiated by a group of six engineering students at
Cairo University (CU), the new branch was set up in the most populous Arab country with the goal of
helping promote Mars and space exploration and planning for a human mission to the Red Planet.
The new chapter is led by Hamed
Gamal, a CU student and member of the board of directors of the school’s Space Systems Technology Laboratory (SSTL), a student-run research facility at the
university’s Aerospace Engineering Department. “Setting up a Mars Society
chapter in Cairo will help further Mars and space advocacy and also open up new
horizons for Egypt’s youth by encouraging them to consider space-oriented
fields of study, including science, technology, engineering and math,” said Mr.
“We welcome our new Egyptian chapter
and its members to the Mars Society family. We’re pleased with the growing
international interest in and support for Mars exploration. Establishing a
chapter in Cairo will help spread the word to this part of the globe about the
hopeful future that could be opened by looking outward to space,” said Mars
Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin.
This report marks the end of our rotation at MDRS as the 136th crew, Mission to Mars UCL. We had been preparing for a long time, and we were really glad to see this project through. We'll soon go back to Belgium having learned a lot and start the formation of the next crew.
These two weeks were first and for all an excellent life experience. We had worked together for nearly one year getting ready for the mission, but living in such close proximity with all six of us for 15 days was even stranger than we expected. We are all easy going people though so it went without a problem despite the lack of intimacy and personal space.
The semi-finalists for
crew selection for the Mars Society’s Mars Arctic 365 (MA365) mission have been
announced. Chosen from a group of over 200 applicants, the 62 semi-finalists consist
of 49 men and 13 women drawn from 17 countries, including the United States, Canada,
Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Russia,
Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey, India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
The 62 individuals
selected represent a wide range of expertise and skills including geological,
biological, medical, aerospace, mechanical and electrical engineering, mechanical trades, journalism and Arctic and wilderness survival training.
next step in the MA365 crew recruitment will be a process leading to the
selection of 18 finalists. The final 18 will be divided into three crews of six
people each, who will then be sent to the Mars Society’s Flashline Mars Arctic
Research Station (FMARS) on Canada’s Devon Island for two weeks of trial field
testing during the summer of 2014. On the basis of demonstrated performance,
the best crew will then be chosen for further training, leading to the
initiation of the Mars one-year mission beginning in the summer of 2015.
The MA365 missionisan
effort to conduct a one-year simulated human Mars mission in the Canadian
Arctic. The mission will take place at FMARS, a simulated landed spacecraft and
research station "on Mars" built and operated by the Mars Society.
at 75 degrees north and less than 1,000 miles from the North Pole, the Mars
facility is perched on the rim of a 14 mile wide impact crater in the midst of
a polar desert considered one of the most Mars-like environments on Earth.
MA365 will see a crew of six scientists, researchers and explorers conduct a
Mars surface mission simulation for 12 months, including over the harsh,
sub-zero Arctic winter.
conducting this full-scale dress rehearsal of a human expedition to Mars in a realistic
habitat and environment for practically the same duration as an actual mission
to the Red Planet, we will take a great step forward in learning how humans can
work together to effectively explore the new frontier of Mars.
Nothing like this has ever been done
before! You can help make it happen!
is not a spectator sport. If we want to get humans to Mars, everyone needs to pitch
in. The Mars Society recently launched an Indiegogo online campaign to help fund
this historic mission. Please donate generously and spread the word to others!
The Mars Society, the world’s largest space advocacy group dedicated to
the human exploration and settlement of the Red Planet, launched a special Indiegogo crowd-sourcing campaign today to help fund the organization’s Mars Arctic 365
(MA365) program, a historic one-year simulated human Mars mission in the
Canadian Arctic. The online campaign, scheduled for 60 days, will seek to raise
$100,000 to support this never before attempted
Mars research initiative.
The MA365 mission will take place at the Mars Society’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS), a unique Mars simulation analog and
research facility on Canada’s Devon Island. Situated at 75 degrees north, less
than 1,000 miles from the North Pole, FMARS is perched on the rim of the
Haughton crater in the midst of a polar desert viewed as one of the most
Mars-like environments on Earth.
“The Earth's polar regions are the closest analog to the surface of Mars
that we will find until we actually land on the Red Planet. The Mars Society
has long been the leader in exploiting these regions and is continuing that
tradition with this new initiative. This effort will bring real understanding
to the space exploration community about what it will take to settle human
beings on the surface of Mars,” said Dr. Mike Griffin, former NASA
Past expeditions to FMARS have lasted only a few weeks or months during
the mild Arctic summer, but MA365 will see a crew of six scientists,
researchers and explorers conduct a Mars surface simulation for a full year,
including the harsh, sub-zero Arctic winter. By conducting this program in a
realistic habitat and environment for the same duration as an actual expedition
to the Red Planet, the Mars Society will learn how humans can work together to
effectively explore the new frontier of Mars. Nothing like this has ever
been done before.
A variety of incentives are provided to those supporting the MA365
campaign, ranging from Mars Society and MA365 merchandise to a trip to Devon
Island to visit FMARS and meet with the crew of the one-year mission just prior
to the start of the Mars simulation. Those wishing to contribute to and/or learn more about MA365 are kindly asked to visit our Indiegogo web page.
“This Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign provides a unique opportunity for
members of the public to directly enable and participate in our landmark Mars
Arctic 365 mission,” said Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin. “I am
calling on everyone who wishes to see human explorers on Mars in our time to
contribute whatever you can now to make this bold plan a reality!”