News & Announcements

SpaceX Announces Plans for Dragon Mission to Mars

April 28, 2016

By Jeff Foust, SpaceNews, 04.28.16 WASHINGTON — SpaceX announced April 27 it plans to send an uncrewed Dragon spacecraft to the surface of Mars as soon as 2018 on a technology demonstration mission aided by expertise, but not funding, from NASA. The company said it planned to launch a… Read More

MDRS Crew 167 (Lonestar Highlanders) – Final Mission Report

April 22, 2016

The following is the final report of Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 167. A full review of this year's activities at MDRS will be given at the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, which will be held September 22-25, 2016 at the Catholic University of… Read More

Mars Society Appoints Vice President for Development

April 20, 2016

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Michael Stoltz, who currently serves as the group’s Director of Media & Public Relations, has been appointed Vice President for Development. In this role, Mr. Stoltz will be responsible for the organization’s fundraising activities, including major gifts, grant writing, corporate sponsorship,… Read More

Record Number of Applications for European Rover Challenge 2016

April 15, 2016

60 teams have registered for the Third Annual European Rover Challenge (ERC). They hail from 12 countries, including Canada, Italy, Poland, Peru and the U.S. The final round of the competition will take place in Jasionka, Poland, September 10-13, 2016. In addition to participating in this major Mars… Read More

Mars Society Chapter Head Gary Hareland Dies after Illness

April 12, 2016

The Mars Society is saddened to announce the passing of Fredrick Gary Hareland, the founder and head of the organization’s China Lake-Upper Mojave Desert chapter, after a long illness. Known to Mars Society staff and friends as “Gary”, he was a strong advocate of a human mission to the… Read More

Mars Society to Launch Mars 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog Missions

April 6, 2016

The Mars Society is pleased to announce a new mission, Mars 160, using both of the organization’s analog research stations. This program will involve the same seven person crew doing similar science operations for the same period of time – 80 days – initially at the Mars Desert… Read More

MDRS Crew 166 – Final Mission Report

April 5, 2016

The following is the final mission report of Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 166 (Mission to Mars UCL). A full review of this year's MDRS activities will be presented at the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, to be held September 22-25, 2016 at the… Read More

ExoMars Project Manager Don McCoy to Address 2016 Mars Society Convention

April 4, 2016

Don McCoy, Project Manager of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2016 mission, will present a full update about the spacecraft’s journey to the Red Planet and long-term mission at the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, to be held September 22-25, 2016 at the Catholic University of America… Read More