Below are the videos we have featured on our main website over the last couple of years. Our Youtube Channel contains many more, including our Annual Conventions and other interesting videos from our President, our officers, and our other members.
Mars Talk Episode 7 – Virtual Reality & Mars, Insight uncovers the Mole, SpaceX targeting 2021 for Starship, and more
Episode 7 of Mars Talk is all about Virtual Reality and using it for the Exploration of Mars, with our two amazing experts: James Burk is our host this week, he’s the IT Director of the Mars Society and leads our MarsVR project, and Ali Zareiee who heads up our Scandinavian chapter and is a 360 camera designer and videographer. We also review the week’s news and have some fun.
Episode 6 of Mars Talk features Kent Nebergall talking with Christopher Tarantola about the latest Falcon Heavy Launch, NASA's projected budget for Artemis, Elon talking about the cost of Raptor engines, Methane detection on Mars, and a sneak peak at Kent's colony submission to the Mars Colony Contest.
Our most entertaining Mars Talk podcast yet, with special guest Dr. Robert Zubrin who is promoting his new bestseller The Case for Space, joined by debate partner Craig Davidson, our regular contributor James Burk, and host Christopher Tarantola. The crew debates and discusses multiple topics including the Lunar Gateway, NASA's Artemis Program to return to the Moon, Zubrin's Moon Direct plan, and much more!
Dr. Robert Zubrin – Moon Direct – International Space Development Conference
Dr. Robert Zubrin presents the latest version of his Moon Direct plan for returning humans to the lunar surface in a sustainable and cost-effective way. From the National Space Society's annual ISDC conference, held in Los Angeles from May 24-27, 2018.
This episode we talk about SpaceX Center booster loss, Crew Dragon Anomaly, Planetary Protection Review Board, Twin Study Results, JAXA Moon Rover, Honorable Mention News, New Space Race, Dr. Zubrin, Chapter News, Mars Society Australia, Scooter rides. Dr. Clarke and James debated whether there is a Space Race happening.
The first episode of Mars Talk was recorded on Friday, April 12th and is hosted by Christopher Tarantola from the Mars Society’s Chapter & Outreach team. Christopher is joined by two co-hosts: James Burk, the Society’s IT Director and organizer of the Seattle chapter, and Lucinda Offer, the Society’s Executive Director and organizer of the UK chapter. Christopher, James, and Lucinda provide commentary on the recent NASA return to the moon announcements, SpaceX & Boeing’s commercial crew activity, the recent Falcon Heavy launch of ArabSat-6A, Israel’s SpaceIL mission to land on the Moon, India’s anti-satellite test and its aftermath, and several other current space-related news items. In addition, Lucinda provides an introduction to the Mars Society and the recent projects and activities done by our worldwide network of chapters.
The Mars 160 Mission – A Close-Up Look at Simulated Living on Mars
This 7-minute film was produced by the Mars Society to provide a close-up look at the organization's two long-running Mars surface simulation programs - The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah and The Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) in northern Canada. The film revolves around the recently completed twin Mars 160 mission, which took place initially at MDRS in 2016 and later at FMARS in 2017. The Mars Society would like to extend special appreciation to the creators of the new film - Jennifer Holt, an Emmy award-winning producer/editor and dedicated Mars advocate, Anastasiya Stepanova, crew journalist for the Mars 160 mission, and James Burk, the Mars Society’s IT Director, along with Dr. Shannon Rupert, the Mars 160 Principal Investigator and overall inspiration for the mission, and the entire Mars 160 crew and support staff.
Each year, for the past 10 years, 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 student teams compete in an annual competition, held at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah, called the University Rover Challenge. The journey of URC for engineering students is an extremely difficult task but out of it, they receive valuable experience with very rewarding results. This documentary video is meant to raise awareness for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, and to showcase the hard work that engineering students put in to designing and building Mars Rovers that may one day work alongside human explorers in the field. Thanks to everyone who supports the vision of STEM education and Space Exploration.
The Mars Society Presents: University Rover Challenge 2015 University students from all around the world get the opportunity to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that could one day work alongside human explorers in the field. This year marks the first year for Protocase to come on board and assist the students from Universities all around the world competing in the 2015 challenge. Protocase helped students by giving precision-design guidelines and helpful design tools to assist them with the fabrication of their mars rovers. However, it all comes down to one weekend on May 28th – 30th in Hanksville, Utah. Teams will put all their hard work and effort to the test for a chance to become one of the world’s most elite University robotics teams.
Dr. Robert Zubrin – Mars Direct: Humans to the Red Planet within a Decade
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? Robert Zubrin, formerly a staff engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, is now president of his own company, Pioneer Astronautics. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Space Society. He is the founder of the Mars Society; an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means.