News & Announcements

[] How the Mars 160 Crew Stays Busy and Healthy

October 28, 2016

By Annalea Beattie, Mars 160 Crew Member,, 10.28.16 The Mars Society is conducting an ambitious two-phase Mars 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog mission to study how seven crewmembers could live, work and perform science on a true mission to Mars. Mars 160 crewmember Annalea Beattie ischronicling the mission, which will spend 80 days at the… Read More

Red Planet Radio (Ep. 8) – Leonard David Discusses New MARS Book

October 25, 2016

The Mars Society's Red Planet Radio podcast posted Episode 8 today, which involves an interview with veteran space journalist and historian Leonard David. Today’s RPR host is Bill Hargenrader, best-selling author of the Mars Journey series and Founder of I Love Mars Media. Link to listen to our RPR 08 interview… Read More

Colonizing Mars: A Critique of the SpaceX ITS by Robert Zubrin

October 21, 2016

By Robert Zubrin, The New Atlantis, 10.21.16 In remarks at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 29, 2016, SpaceX president Elon Musk revealed to great fanfare his company’s plans for an Interplanetary Transport System (ITS). According to Musk, the ITS would enable the colonization of Mars by… Read More

Mars Society Announces High School Mars Rover Competition

October 12, 2016

At its international convention in Washington, D.C. on September 24th, the Mars Society announced that it will conduct an annual high school Mars rover competition. The contest, to be known as the American Mars Exploration Rover Challenge (AMERC), builds on the organization’s highly successful Mars rover competitions for university teams, including… Read More

Red Planet Radio (Ep7) – Mars City Design’s Vera Mulyani

October 10, 2016

Today on the Mars Society's Red Planet Radio podcast (episode 7) - Mars City Design Challenge Founder & CEO Vera Mulyani Ms. Mulyani’s multidisciplinary background in master planning in various fields of art; architecture, urban design, filmmaking and storytelling, has made her specialized in conceptual strategy in technology, innovation and business… Read More

[] Notes from Mars 160: The Mars Society’s Epic Simulation

October 8, 2016

The first of a regular weekly journal series, exclusive to, from the Mars Society's Mars 160 crew currently stationed at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. By Annalea Beattie, Mars 160 Crew Member On Sept. 24, The Mars Society launched the ambitious two-phase Mars 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog simulation to study… Read More

New Spacesuits for MDRS

October 6, 2016

New spacesuits, helmets and backpacks were delivered earlier today to the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station. As expected, our Mars 160 crew members are very pleased with the new gear. A big thanks to our Mars Society NorCal chapter for designing and creating the new spacesuits,… Read More

Robert Zubrin on PRI’s Science Friday

October 6, 2016

Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin will be interviewed on Public Radio International’s Science Friday program this Friday, October 7th, 3:40-4:00 pm EDT (1:40-2:00 pm MDT), to talk about current planning for humans-to-Mars, Elon Musk’s recent announcement and the Mars Society’s Mars 160 simulation mission. Please tune in this Friday… Read More