News & Announcements

12 Teams Propose Designs for Int’l Gemini Mars Competition

March 30, 2016

The U.S. human spaceflight space program is currently adrift. It needs a goal, and that goal should be sending human explorers to Mars in our time. In order to help provide such direction and get a serious humans-to-Mars program underway, the Mars Society launched the International Gemini Mars Design… Read More

Mars Society Veteran Penny Boston Selected NAI Director

March 29, 2016

The Mars Society would like to extend its congratulations to Dr. Penelope Boston on her recent selection as the new Director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI), a California-based body that plays a major role in performing astrobiology research, as well as providing scientific leadership for astrobiology space missions. Read More

Mars Society Stands with Belgium & Crew 166

March 22, 2016

The Mars Society, its staff and membership wish to extend their thoughts and prayers to the people of Belgium following today's horrific terror attacks in Brussels. The two incidents in Belgium hit close to home for part of the Mars Society family, with Crew 166 (Mission to Mars UCL),… Read More

30 Student Teams Advance to 2016 URC Semi-Finals

March 22, 2016

In December 2015, a record 63 teams from 12 countries set out to design and build the world’s top Mars rover as part of the University Rover Challenge. Now 30 teams have advanced past the Critical Design Review (CDR) stage of the URC contest and will participate in… Read More

Mars Society Reaches Facebook Milestone

March 7, 2016

Guess what!! The Mars Society's official Facebook page just topped 20,000 "Likes", showing the growing public support of the group and its goal of exploring Mars and creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet. The organization and its staff want to thank everyone who has visited… Read More

France’s MDRS Crew 164 Files Final Mission Report

March 5, 2016

The following is the final report of Mars Desert Research Station Crew 164. A full review of this year's MDRS activity will be given at the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 22-25, 2016 at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. MDRS… Read More