News & Announcements

UK Student Team Wins Gemini Mars Design Competition

September 28, 2016

A group of students - Team Cranspace - from Cranfield University, a public school in England, won 1st place in the International Gemini Mars Design Competition, with the final round of the contest held last weekend at the 2016 International Mars Society Convention in Washington, D.C. Initiated by the Mars… Read More

Robert Zubrin Comments on Elon Musk’s Plans for Mars

September 28, 2016

In his talk today, Musk presented a number of interesting and very useful ideas. I don't think they are practical in the form he presented them, but with a little modification, they could be made practical and very powerful. He's right on the mark about using methane/oxygen propellant, which can… Read More

*LIVE* – Elon Musk’s Plans for Mars via Webcast

September 26, 2016

Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to Address IAC  Tuesday, Sept. 27th, 14:30-15:30 ET SpaceX Founder, CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk will discuss the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on… Read More

[Video] ‘The Journey of the University Rover Challenge’

September 26, 2016

Each year for the past decade, student engineering teams from around the world have been preparing themselves for 12 months of designing and building the next generation of Mars rovers. These enthusiastic student teams compete in an annual competition called the University Rover Competition (URC), held at the… Read More

Mars 160 Mission – Today’s the Day!

September 24, 2016

MARS 160 Mission - TODAY'S THE DAY! A beautiful morning outside of the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah. Our Mars 160 crew is in final prep for the beginning of their unique 160-day dual desert-Arctic simulation mission scheduled to start this… Read More

Mars Society’s Red Planet Radio Podcast is Live!

September 19, 2016

The Mars Society has officially relaunched its Red Planet Radio podcast, now a weekly interview series, at: http://radio.marssociety.org. Listen to discussions with Dr. Robert Zubrin, President and founder of the Mars Society, Thomas Myers, a prominent science blogger at “The Physics of SpaceX,” Lucinda Offer, Executive Director of the Mars… Read More

ONE WEEK until 2016 International Mars Society Convention

September 17, 2016

Live Streaming of Convention Plenaries, Debates & Panels Available The Mars Society will be convening its 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. September 22-25, just weeks prior to the U.S. presidential and congressional elections. Leading scientists, government… Read More

ERC 2016 Winners Announced

September 13, 2016

The Mars Society wishes to congratulate all of the student teams that participated in the 2016 European Rover Challenge (ERC). It was a hard and grueling contest, with participants giving it their all. From dozens of teams involved in the international conteste, the top three winners were:… Read More

Mars Society Chapter Involved in NASA Spaceward Bound Expedition

September 12, 2016

Mars Society Australia, led by Dr. Jonathan Clarke, helped coordinate a NASA Spaceward Bound expedition to Ladakh in northwestern India last month. The mission carried out astrobiology, astrogeology and human factors research along with educational and public outreach events. There were over 30 participants from India, Australia, the… Read More

Mars Society to Relaunch Red Planet Radio Podcast

September 12, 2016

The Mars Society will be re-launching its popular online podcast, Red Planet Radio, beginning Monday, September 19th, three days before the start of the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, being held this year at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Upcoming episodes of the new broadcast will feature… Read More

Debate on NASA Planetary Protection at 2016 Mars Society Convention

September 7, 2016

NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection is intended to "promote the responsible exploration of the solar system by implementing and developing efforts that protect the science, explored environments and Earth.” This has been a long-standing policy within the agency, but some are beginning to question the need for… Read More