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A lot of media coverage has occurred over the past several months regarding sending humans to Mars. Many people get the proposed missions mixed up and
sometimes facts are falsely reported. This blog is an attempt to focus on a few of the organizations/companies that have serious Mars proposals underway. The Mars Society feels strongly that sending humans to Mars is a top priority for our civilization and we wish good luck to all missions that are being proposed.
In 1990, Dr. Robert Zubrin, President and founder of The Mars Society, and David Baker proposed a mission called Mars Directto NASA. Zubrin later published his book titled The Case for Mars, where he expanded on the details of the mission. The mission involves a series of launches. First, a spacecraft lands on Mars first without human occupants. This craft is the Earth Return Vehicle (ERV) and it will act a fuel manufacturing station in order to provide fuel for the future human explorers to return to Earth. The Habitat Unit (HU) will arrive with a crew of 4 humans approximately 26 months later. There will be many ERV’s and HU’s sent to the Red Planet in succession. An ERV will be fueled and ready at all times and the HU’s will be interconnected in order for a larger and larger living space to be available for the increasing number of human occupants. Human exploration and settlement of Mars is the mission of The Mars Society. Zubrin states, “The time has come for humanity to journey to the planet Mars. We’re ready. Though Mars is distant, we are far better prepared today to send humans to the Red Planet than we were to travel to the Moon at the commencement of the space age. Given the will, we could have our first crews on Mars within a decade.”
“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." - Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin
The Mars Society, more than any other space advocacy group, is leading the way in promoting Mars exploration and planning for a human mission to the Red Planet. Help us continue our work in 2014 by making a donation today! Thank you!
[The Mars Society is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to responsible and transparent financial management. All donation to the Mars Society are tax deductible (in the US).]
Mars exploration was front and center in Europe late last month during a very successful convening of the 13th Mars Society European Conference (EMC13). The
international forum was held October 25-27 at the Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées (IPSA), a private French postgraduate aerospace engineering school in the Paris area.
More than 70 people attended the three-day convention, with participants from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and the United States. High-level presentations were given by scientists involved in ongoing Mars missions and representatives of leading space agencies, including ESA, CNES and NASA.
Several Mars Society European chapters also presented lectures on Mars related topics, as did Mars Society (U.S.) President Dr. Robert Zubrin.
To read a full report about the EMC13, please click here.
Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin discussed the need for U.S.-Russian cooperation on Mars exploration and planning for a human mission to the Red Planet during an interview yesterday on The John Batchelor Show, a leading WABC News radio program.
Dr. Zubrin recently visited Moscow to promote humans-to-Mars and encourage international cooperation. He also published an opinion piece on the subject in USA Today and in a leading Russian newspaper.
To listen to the interview with Dr. Zubrin, please click here. [The interview begins at 19:00.]
In 2004, a group of thirteen major
space advocacy groups, including the Mars Society, joined together under the Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) to have their voices heard in Washington, D.C.The first SEA "Legislative Blitz" brought together 76 space advocates from around the country. They converged on
Capitol Hill and visited over 200 congressional offices to express support for NASA and space exploration.
The 2014 SEA Legislative Blitz comes
at a time when the U.S. space program is at a serious crossroads, both in terms
of funding and direction. A recent Congressional Budget Office report
actually suggested shutting down America’s human space flight program. The
voices of the space advocacy community must be heard now as perhaps never
before. SEA participants will call upon Congress to ensure that our
nation’s leadership in space exploration will remain a national priority.
Come join space advocates from around
the country to let members of Congress know that there is strong constituent
support for an ambitious U.S. space program. You will find this experience to
be exciting and rewarding. There will be an informational/training session held on
Sunday, February 23rd, followed by meetings on Capitol Hill on Monday, February
24th and Tuesday, February 25th.
This event will not be successful
without your help! Please JOIN US from February 23-25, 2014, so that
YOUR voice can be heard. See you in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about how you can get
involved with the Mars Society’s efforts to educate members of Congress about
the importance of Mars and space exploration, please visit our new Political
Advocacy web page or contact James Wolff, the Mars Society's Political Advocacy
A coalition of pro-Mars organizations in Russia will be co-sponsoring a meeting and discussion on the planning for a human mission to the Red Planet on Tuesday,
December 3, 2013 (11:00 - 17:30) at the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. The meeting is open to the public.
Participating in the meeting will be Mars One’s Bas Lansdorp, the Mars Society’s Dr. Robert Zubrin (via Skype) and representatives from a number of Russian organizations and companies, including Dauria Aerospace, Mars-Tefo, Mars500, Cosmofest and the Space Generation Advisory Council.
For more details, including a program itinerary, please click here (Russian to English translation available on Google Chrome).
really only two places in the solar system that offer an opportunity for
relatively easy living. One of which is Earth, and we’re still learning how to
do that, and the other really is Mars. Mars is our real opportunity to colonize
another planet that’s self-sustaining.”
-- John Grunsfeld, NASA Associate
Administrator for Science Mission Directorate
The Mars Society is an officially registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to responsible and transparent financial management.