Save the Date – 2016 Mars Society Convention in Washington, DC

The Mars Society will convene its 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention on the beautiful tree-lined campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. from September 22 – 25, 2016. The main convention events will take place in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The four-day conference will bring together leading scientists, engineers, policymakers, government officials, entrepreneurs and journalists to address the significance of the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic developments that could open the way… READ MORE >

Why Mars?

Among planetary bodies in our solar system, Mars is singular in that it possesses all the raw materials required to support not only life, but a new branch of human civilization.  This uniqueness is illustrated most clearly if we contrast Mars with the Earth’s Moon, the most frequently cited alternative location for extraterrestrial human colonization. In contrast to the Moon, the Red Planet is rich in carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen, all in biologically readily accessible forms such as carbon… READ MORE >

Mars Society Facebook Group Discussion Page Hits Milestone

We’re pleased to announce that the Mars Society’s group discussion page on Facebook has achieved an important milestone – reaching 10,000 members. Our social media presence on Facebook continues to be a great source for interesting discussion, commentary and postings on issues related to Mars exploration and planning for humans-to-Mars. If you’re not already a member of our Facebook group discussion page, please consider joining! https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheMarsSocietyUS/… READ MORE >

ISS Astronaut Calls MDRS

Members of Crew 156 stationed at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah received a special phone call earlier today from, of all places, Earth orbit. NASA astronaut and physician Dr. Kjell Lindgren, currently serving on the International Space Station (ISS), reached out to the MDRS crew for a short chat. According to MDRS crew commander Ben Easter, Dr. Lindgren spoke with members of the crew about some of his experiences so far during his five months… READ MORE >

Mars Society Appoints Director of Volunteers & Chapters

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Florence Maisch, the organization’s Volunteer Coordinator since September 2013, has been appointed to the newly-created post of Director of Volunteers & Chapters. As part of this new position, Mrs. Maisch will supervise volunteer recruitment and placement for the organization, as well as outreach and coordination between the Mars Society and its U.S. and international chapters. A resident of the Chicagoland area, Mrs. Maisch is a long-time proponent of Mars and space exploration,… READ MORE >