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UK Student Team Wins Gemini Mars Design Competition

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 Society in August 2015, the Gemini Mars [...] Read more

Robert Zubrin Comments on Elon Musk’s Plans for Mars

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 be made on Mars; about making the spacecraft [...] Read more

SpaceX's Elon Musk Unveils Interplanetary Spaceship to Colonize Mars

By Mike Wall,, Sept. 27, 2016 Now we know how Elon Musk plans to get 1 million people to Mars. At a conference in Mexico today (Sept. 27), the SpaceX founder and CEO unveiled the company's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), which will combine the most powerful rocket ever built with a spaceship designed to carry at least 100 people [...] Read more

*LIVE* - Elon Musk's Plans for Mars via Webcast

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 Mars. The technical presentation will focus [...] Read more

[Video] 'The Journey of the University Rover Challenge'

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 Mars Society's Mars Desert Research [...] Read more

Mars 160 Mission - Today's the Day!

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 evening. The first half of the extended analog will consist of 80-days [...] Read more

Mars Society’s Red Planet Radio Podcast is Live!

The Mars Society has officially relaunched its Red Planet Radio podcast, now a weekly interview series, at: 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

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 officials, [...] Read more

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