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The 17th Annual International Mars Society Convention

The 17th Annual International

Mars Society Convention

League City, TX (outside Houston)

August 7-10, 2014


The Mars Society will convene the 17th Annual International Mars Society Convention at the South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, Texas from August 7-10, 2014. The four-day event will bring together key experts, scientists, policymakers and journalists to discuss the latest news on Mars exploration and efforts to promote a human mission to the Red Planet in the coming years.

Registration

Online convention registration is closed and the banquet is sold out.  Please register onsite for the convention.

Register Now! (Shopping Cart)   |   Alternative Registration Link (Paypal)  |   Registration Form (Fax/Email/Mail-in Option)

For questions regarding registration, please email: info@marssociety.org.

Program Itinerary

The full convention program itinerary is posted online for viewing.

Invited Speakers

To view the list of confirmed plenary speakers (to date) for the convention, please click here.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are needed at the 2014 International Mars Society Convention in League City, TX. To get involved, please contact Jill Robertson (jrobertson@marssociety.org).

Sponsor Opportunities

For details about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 Mars Society Convention, please click here.

Banquet Information

For menu and banquet schedule 2014 Mars Society Convention, please click here.

Hotel & Transportation

We strongly encourage you  to use the Convention Hotel (the South Shore Harbour Resort) to take advantage of the convention rate and to help the Mars Society earn use of the meeting rooms free of charge. 

When booking online enter the group code MARS2014 to take advantage of the special convention rate of $100 per night.  Or if you prefer call 1-800-442-5005 and mention group code MARS2014 to secure the special rate.  The rate will expire July 23, 2014.

Hotel Info:

1.      South Shore Harbour Resort 

         2500 South Shore Blvd

         League City, TX 77573

         Phone: 281-334-1000

·        Group code: MARS2014

·        Group rates: $100 per night

Property description from website:

Accommodations

Hotels and resorts by Clear Lake Texas

Treat yourself to an escape and discover a destination where life moves at a more easygoing pace. Overlooking the sparkling waters of Clear Lake, the bright and spacious accommodations at South Shore Harbour Resort & Spa offer the perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation.

In addition to captivating water or city views, guests will enjoy the casual and relaxed atmosphere of being on the water. – Enjoy the Best of the Bay Sunday Brunch on Sundays from 11am-2pm in Paradise Reef restaurant.

For resort guests seeking an additional measure of privacy and space, we offer seven suites and two bi-level penthouse suites.

We hope that you’ll come to consider South Shore Harbour Resort & Spa to be your peaceful, tropical-style retreat in the Galveston Bay Area.

For your comfort and convenience, our in-room amenities include:

  • One King or two double beds
  • In-room movies
  • High-speed wireless Internet
  • Coffee
  • Iron/board
  • Hair dryer
  • Room service
  • Scenic views of Clear Lake or the city

Alternative Hotel Arrangements:

    2.    Courtyard by Marriott Houston NASA/Clear Lake – 1.63 miles from conference location (South Shore Harbour)

          18100 Saturn Lane

          Nassau Bay, TX 77058

          Phone: (800) 627-7468

          http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/houcs-courtyard-houston-nasa-clear-lake/

 

  1. La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston NASA Seabrook – 1.83 miles from conference location

          3636 NASA Road 1

          Seabrook, TX 77586

          Phone: (281) 326-7300

          http://www.laquintahoustonseabrook.com/

 

  1. Microtel Inn and Suites Houston – 1.82 miles from conference location

          1620 NASA Road 1

          Houston, TX 77058

          Phone: (281) 335-0800

          http://www.microtelinn.com/hotels/texas/houston/microtel-inn-and-suites-houston/hotel-overview

 

  1. Oxford Inn and Suites – NASA – 3.78 miles from conference location

          915 W NASA Pkwy

          Webster, TX 77598

          Phone: (281) 316-2003

          http://www.oxfordinnnasa.com/

 

  1. Holiday Inn Houston-Webster – 3.96 miles from conference location

          302 Bay Area Blvd

          Webster, TX 77598

          Phone: (281) 335-6272

          http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/webster/houbb/hoteldetail

 

TRANSPORTATION INFO:

Driving Directions: 

From George Bush Intercontinental Airport to South Shore Harbour Resort:

Approx. time: 54 mins 

·         Start out WEST on N TERMINAL RD, slight left to stay on N TERMINAL RD

·         Slight RIGHT onto JOHN F. KENNEDY BLVD.

·         Merge onto TX-8 E via ramp ON THE LEFT toward US-59, merge onto US-59 toward Houston

·         Merge onto I-45 S toward Galveston

·         Take EXIT 23 toward FM-518/League City

·         Merge onto Gulf Fwy N

·         Turn LEFT onto W MAIN ST/FM-518

·         Stay STRAIGHT to go onto FM-2094/MARINA BAY DR

·         Turn LEFT onto S SHORE BLVD (pass through one roundabout), destination on RIGHT

From William P. Hobby Airport to South Shore Harbour Resort:

Approx. time: 26 mins

·         Start out EAST on AIRPORT BLVD toward Broadway St.

·         Turn RIGHT onto GULF FWY

·         Merge onto I-45 S via ramp on LEFT

·         Take EXIT 23 toward FM-518/League City

·         Merge onto GULF FWY N

·         Turn LEFT onto W MAIN ST/FM-518

·         Stay STRAIGHT to go onto FM-2094/MARINA BAY DR

·         Turn LEFT onto S SHORE BLVD (pass through one roundabout), destination on RIGHT

Travel Arrangements:

South Shore Harbour Resort: For a surcharge, guests have access to a roundtrip airport shuttle during limited hours, call hotel for this service: 281-334-1000

George Bush Intercontinental Airport Ground Transportation:

Bus: The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, or METRO, offers bus service available at the south side of Terminal C. The 102 Bush IAH Express and the METRO Airport Direct serve the airport.

Courtesy vans: Courtesy vans are operated by various hotels and motels in and around the Houston Area. There are courtesy telephones in the baggage claim areas to request pick-up for most hotels and motels.

Shuttle service: Regularly scheduled bus and shuttle service is provided by various carriers to locations from IAH to Reliant Park/Reliant Astrodome, Downtown Houston, the Galleria, Greenway Plaza, the Texas Medical Center, Westside hotels, the city of College Station and William P. Hobby Airport. Super Shuttle also provides service from George Bush Intercontinental Airport to the surrounding communities via shared vans.

SuperShuttle has offered a discount, click here to get details.

Taxis: Taxis can be hailed through the Ground Transportation employees outside each terminal. All destinations within Houston's city limits to/from Bush Intercontinental Airport are charged according to the flat Zone Rate or the meter rate.

At both airports:

Budget Rental Car: http://www.budget.com/budgetWeb/html/rentals/iah-rental.html

George Bush Airport phone: 281-449-0145

Hobby Airport phone: 713-643-9395

 

Avis Rental Car: http://www.avis.com/car-rental/html/landing/iah-rental.html

George Bush Airport phone: 281-443-5800

Hobby Airport phone: 713-641-9300

 

Enterprise Rental Car:

George Bush Airport phone: 281-230-8200  

http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?gpbr=066I&bid=004&cnty=US

Hobby Airport phone: 713-645-7222

http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/deeplinkmap.do?gpbr=066F&bid=004&cnty=US

 

Things to Do in Houston:

Area Visitor Attractions:

·         Armand Bayou Nature Center

·         Bayou Wildlife Park

·         Big League Dreams Sports Park

·         Butler Longhorn Museum

·         Clear Lake Recreation Area

·         Galveston Island

·         Gulf Greyhound Race Park

·         Kemah Boardwalk & Waterfront

·         Main Street Historic District

·         San Jacinto Monument Park and The Battleship Texas

·         Space Center Houston & NASA

·         West Bay Common School Children’s Museum