News & Announcements

Crews for 2016-17 MDRS Field Season Announced

June 30, 2016

The Mars Society would like to congratulate all of the teams which have been selected as crew members for the upcoming 2016-17 field season at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. We look forward to another successful period of Mars surface simulation work and research, benefiting future… Read More

New GreenHab Added to MDRS Station

June 29, 2016

Work on the Mars Society's new GreenHab at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah is almost finished! The new greenhouse is a wonderful addition to the MDRS facility and will serve crew members in their important research for years to come. The earlier dome-shaped greenhouse that… Read More

HBO Pays a Visit to MDRS

June 28, 2016

HBO Vice, the network's award-winning news program, will broadcast a 15-minute report about current planning for a human mission to Mars on Friday, July 1st at 11:00 pm EDT (8:00 pm PDT). The segment will include a visit to the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, which… Read More

Congresswoman Donna Edwards to Address 2016 Mars Society Convention

June 24, 2016

Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD), the ranking member of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Space, will address the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A strong advocate of Mars exploration and a human mission to the… Read More

Building the Future on Mars – Volunteer at MDRS

June 17, 2016

Opportunities to Participate as Part of the Mars Desert Research Station Mission Support Team As the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) begins its 16th year of analog studies in southern Utah, we look back with pride on the people who have supported the station in the… Read More

Mars Society Launches Major Update of Online MarsPapers Archive

June 15, 2016

After months of extensive work, design and updates by a dedicated group of volunteers, the Mars Society has officially launched a major update of MarsPapers, an extensive online archive of over 500 Mars-related papers, presentations and documents, all available in PDF format for viewing or downloading. While many of… Read More

Father of Robert Zubrin Passes Away

June 10, 2016

The Mars Society is sorry to announce that Charles Zubrin, father of Dr. Robert Zubrin, passed away late last week at the age of 100. A descendant of Russian Jewish immigrants, Mr. Zubrin was an army veteran of World War II, a successful businessman and world traveler. He… Read More

Mars Society President Tours Russia

June 9, 2016

Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin recently concluded a whirlwind tour of Russia, giving a series of seven talks in Moscow and St. Petersburg and conducting meetings with Russian space leaders and numerous interviews with Russian press along the way. Dr. Zubrin arrived in Moscow on May 26th, and… Read More

NASA Mars Czar Jim Watzin to Speak at 2016 Mars Society Convention

June 8, 2016

Jim Watzin, Director of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, will address the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 22-25, 2016 on the campus of Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Appointed “Mars Czar” in December 2014, Mr. Watzin oversees NASA’s Mars portfolio and budget, helps shape the… Read More

Volunteer for 2016 Mars Society Convention

June 7, 2016

The Mars Society is convening its 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 22-25, 2016 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Every year, members and non-members who volunteer to help at the international convention (a minimum of ten hours required) receive free entry… Read More

URC2016 Crowns Back-to-Back Champions

June 5, 2016

The 2016 University Rover Challenge concluded on Saturday (June 4th) at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah as 28 rovers and more than 300 college students took on the harsh Mars-like terrain of this unique venue.  Following two rounds of competition and… Read More

First Day of Excitement Kicks Off 2016 University Rover Challenge

June 3, 2016

The tenth annual rendition of the Mars Society's University Rover Challenge (URC) featured an exciting Semi-Finals round of competition on Thursday, June 2nd at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah. The international robotics competition for college students, which is part of the Rover Challenge Series, features… Read More