The Mars Society seeks to educate the public, media and government about the importance of space exploration and the necessity of a strong and sustainable Mars exploration program, including a humans-to-Mars mission in the coming decade. To that end, the organization regularly posts various announcements, releases and articles about ongoing Mars exploration and research, as well as Mars Society news and activities. We welcome any feedback regarding this effort. Thank you!
The Mars Society released over the weekend the official itinerary for the 2014-15 Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) field season, scheduled to take place at the MDRS simulation facility in southern Utah from November 1, 2014 - May 23, 2015.
The upcoming Mars simulation rotation will run six weeks longer than usual due to growing demand from scientists, teachers and graduate students to work on Mars-related science and research projects at the Mars Society's Utah station.
For regular updates about MDRS and its crews, please visit the program's Facebook page.
+ Nov. 1 - Nov. 16 MDRS Crew 142 - Mars Arctic 365 - Team Finalist #1 (organized by Dr. Robert Zubrin)
+ Nov. 15 - Nov. 30 MDRS Crew 143 - Mars Arctic 365 - Team Finalist #2 (organized by Dr. Robert Zubrin)
+ Nov. 29 - Dec. 14 MDRS Crew 144 - Mars Arctic 365 - Team Finalist #3 (organized by Dr. Robert Zubrin)
+ Dec. 13 - Dec. 28 MDRS Crew 145 - Mars without Borders (commanded by Dr. Susan Jewell)
+ Dec. 27 - Jan. 11 MDRS Crew 146 - Mars Society Crew (commanded by Nick Orenstein)
+ Jan. 10 - Jan. 25 MDRS Crew 147 - Team ISU (commanded by Romain Charles)
+ Jan. 24 - Feb. 8 MDRS Crew 148 - Team RAR 2 (commanded by Lucie Poulet)
+ Feb. 7 - Feb. 22 MDRS Crew 149 - Tharsis Project (commanded by Paul Bakken)
+ Feb. 21 - Mar. 15 MDRS Crew 150 - Team Peru (organized by Dr. Alex Diaz)
+ Mar. 14 - Mar. 29 MDRS Crew 151 - International Emerging Space Leaders - Students from the U.S., France and Canada (commanded by Jamie Guined)
+ Mar. 28 - Apr. 12 MDRS Crew 152 - Lonestar Highlanders
+ Apr. 11 - Apr. 26 MDRS Crew 153 - Mission to Mars UCL (commanded by Bastien Mathurin)
+ Apr. 25 - May 17 MDRS Crew 154 - TBD (3 week rotation)
+ May 16 - May 23 MDRS Crew 155 - Mars Medical Analog Team (1 week rotation - commanded by Dr. Sarah Blythe-Ballard)
Two young Marsonauts participating this weekend in the combined 2014 European Mars Society Conference and European Rover Challenge in Poland. The Mars Society Polska chapter did a wonderful job organizing both events! For more details about the two events, please click here.
Achieving a human mission to Mars has been a fascination of humanity for some time. In the 1990s, Dr. Robert Zubrin proposed the "Mars Direct" mission architecture, using conventional rockets and Mars in-situ resources to establish a sustained human presence on Mars. Now, with the nation debating how to proceed with human space exploration, the "Mars Direct" plan is more relevant than ever: Can Americans reach the Red Planet in our time?
Dr. Zubrin, President & Founder of the Mars Society, spoke recently in detail about the "Mars Direct" initiative at the Director's Colloquium Summer Series, presented by the Office of the Chief Scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center as part of the Center's 75th anniversary celebration.
To watch the full video, please click here.
Hundreds of people are currently attending the 2014 European Mars Society Conference and European Rover Challenge, taking place September 5-7 in Kielce, Poland.
Those participating include scientists, policy experts and government officials, as well as student rover teams from four continents and a large contingent of the Polish public.
For updates and more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/europeanroverchallenge.
After a very successful inaugural competition earlier this year, the Mars Society's Youth Rover Challenge (YRC) has begun recruiting students (grades 5-12) to participate in the 2014-15 STEM/robotics educational program.
If you, your school or someone you know is interested in getting involved, please visit the YRC web site for more details (www.youthrover.com). Thanks!
Thanks to Miguel Cooper, a friend of the Mars Society, for writing this great acrostic poem about the organization, its mission and the goal of human-to-Mars!
By Nicole Willett
Red Planet Pen, Blog #30
3-D printing, what is it and what is all of the hubbub? A very simple analogy of 3-D printing would be if you imagine a regular printer, printing ink onto paper and going back and forth layering the ink on the paper thousands of times until you build up a three dimensional object. When a 3-D printer is in action, it may use a variety of different types of “ink”, including types of plastic, cement, and just about any material that has a liquid viscosity that later dries and hardens.
This technology is widely considered to be a game changer for everything from daily life to manufacturing and construction. Almost anything can be printed with the correct type of printer and “ink”. For example, if you are missing a vital piece of plastic for your washing machine, as long as you can acquire a digital copy, by scanning the object or downloading it, you can send that information to the printer and voilà, your washer is now easy to fix. A variety of different types of three dimensional printing machines are now available. The prices vary dramatically. Some home use printers are as inexpensive as $300. Commercial printers can range from $10,000 to $20,000.
The Mars Society was privileged during its recent 2014 International Mars Society Convention in Houston to provide audience members with a sneak preview of a wonderful new song - "Reach Beyond the Stars" - which includes a special Mars-oriented rallying call for space enthusiasts. The song was written by Mark R. Goujon and sung by Jason Wyatt. The song was performed digitally during the convention's Saturday evening banquet with a large crowd in attendance.
In addition, "Reach Beyond the Stars" was officially released last week on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Google Play for digital download and streaming. The Mars Society invites you to listen to this song, a true anthem for Mars and space advocates, by visiting Mr. Goujon's web site.
Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin gave the first public presentation of the 'Mars Direct' plan during the closing plenary of the May 1990 National Space Society Convention in Anaheim, CA. The talk is now available for viewing on YouTube (at 2:10 into the video). Dr. Zubrin was introduced by then NSS President Charles Walker. Enjoy!
To view the full video, please click here.
By Mark Carreau
Aviation Week, 08.11.14
Comments made by former NASA Administrator Dr. Mike Griffin at the 2014 International Mars Society Convention
HOUSTON - U.S. policymakers and others passionate about a human Mars landing are delusional if they believe the nation that ended its first foray into deep space with the Apollo moon landings is on a calculated path to the Red Planet, according to former NASA administrator Mike Griffin.
Current efforts, focused on NASA’s Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) as a springboard, are fizzling because the U.S. is not the "space-faring" nation most assume, he told the 17th Mars Society conference in League City, Texas, as part of an Aug. 9 session on exploration.
"There are reasons other than technical why that has not happened. It isn’t about the money," Griffin told the conference organized around Mars Direct, the society’s strategy for establishing a sustained human presence on Mars without intermediate destinations by using current technologies and extracting fuel, life support and construction materials from the planet’s atmosphere and soil.
To read the full article, please click here.