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Join the 2018 SEA Legislative Blitz on Capitol Hill

Help Spread a Pro-Space Agenda on Capitol Hill Join the 2018 SEA Legislative Blitz This February The Space Exploration Alliance (SEA), a broad and influential network of major space advocacy groups, including the Mars Society, the Planetary Society, the National Space Society and Explore Mars, will be holding its annual Legislative Blitz in Washington, D.C. from February 25th thru 27th. The March-on-Capitol Hill campaign will allow dozens of pro-space volunteers from across the country to meet with members of Congress… READ MORE >

Mars Society Announces “Red Eagle” International Student Engineering Contest to Design Mars Lander

Mars Society Announces “Red Eagle” International Student Engineering Contest to Design Mars Lander The Mars Society is announcing an international student engineering contest to design a lander capable of delivering a ten metric ton payload safely to the surface of Mars. The competition is open to student teams from around the world. Participants are free to choose any technology to accomplish the mission and need to submit design reports of no more than 50 pages by March 31, 2018. These… READ MORE >

Mars Society Calls for Support of Bridenstine NASA Nomination

The Mars Society is calling on all Americans to urge their members of Congress to support the nomination of Jim Bridenstine as the next NASA administrator. A telecon to coordinate the campaign will be held Wednesday, September 20 at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST). Those interested in participating can call into the telecom at 563-999-2090 and offer passcode 438709# when prompted on their phone. After leaving the post of NASA administrator vacant for 8 months, in early September, President Trump nominated… READ MORE >

Final Thoughts – Mars 160 Crew

Final Thoughts Mars 160 Crew  Dear Martian Friends, If time is an infinite cord, we wanted to pinch it so that our tone could wave through the ages until one of you walks on the planet Mars for the first time in human history. Maybe you will look back in the past to understand what it took to make this singular moment to happen, and perhaps you will see us (and so many others). We were a group of people,… READ MORE >

Robert Zubrin: New NASA Administrator Appointee “A Good Choice”

Robert Zubrin: New NASA Administrator Appointee “A Good Choice” Mars Society Founder & President Dr. Robert Zubrin has called for the approval of Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) as the new NASA administrator. Bridenstine has focused heavily on space policy during his tenure in Congress, stating “[o]ur very way of life depends on space, the way we communicate, the way we navigate, the way we produce food and energy, the way we conduct banking.” In April 2016 at the 32nd Annual… READ MORE >

Hewlett Packard to Demonstrate VR Mission to Red Planet at Mars Society Convention

Hewlett Packard to Demonstrate VR Mission to Red Planet at Mars Society Convention The Mars Society is pleased to announce that representatives of Hewlett Packard (HP) will carry out a demonstration of their virtual reality mission to the Red Planet at the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention at the University of California Irvine September 7-10. In a special plenary talk on the morning of September 8th, HP will present their new Mars mission VR capabilities and describe a major Mars settlement STEM initiative… READ MORE >

Watch 2017 Mars Society Convention via Live Webcast

Watch 2017 Mars Society Convention via Live Webcast The 2017 International Mars Society Convention, including plenary talks, panel discussions and public debates, will be broadcast via live webcast during the four-day conference (September 7-10). To watch live streaming of the Mars Society convention, please visit: http://stream.marssociety.org. For the full program itinerary, please check the Mars Society web site located at: www.marssociety.org…. READ MORE >

ONE WEEK until 2017 International Mars Society Convention

ONE WEEK until 2017 International Mars Society Convention There is still time to register online and get your tickets! Join us! In seven days, the Mars Society, the world’s largest and most influential Mars advocacy organization, will be marking its twentieth annual international convention dedicated to the study of and planning for human Mars exploration. This year’s conference will take place September 7-10 on the picturesque campus of the University of California Irvine. Leading scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government… READ MORE >

“Rise to Mars” Anthem Sheet Music Available Online

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that the official sheet music for the new Martian anthem “Rise to Mars” is now available online. The new song performed by world-renowned baritone Oscar Castellino has won acclaim in performances at concert halls from Wales to Bombay. “Rise to Mars” will be performed by Mr. Castellino, accompanied by James Welland, who arranged the music, at the Saturday evening banquet of the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention on September 9th at the… READ MORE >

Panel of Science Fiction Greats to be Featured during Mars Society Convention

Panel of Science Fiction Greats to be Featured during Mars Society Convention The Mars Society is proud to announce that the opening night of its twentieth annual international convention – Thursday, September 7th – will feature a panel of four of the greatest science fiction authors of all time to discuss “The Human Future in Space.” Members of this special panel will include Greg Benford (Timescape, The Martian Race, Chiller), David Brin (Startide Rising, The Uplift War, The Postman), Larry… READ MORE >

TWO WEEKS until 2017 International Mars Society Convention

TWO WEEKS until 2017 International Mars Society Convention Great Line-Up of Scientists, Aerospace Industry Reps & Academics to Discuss Mars Exploration In just 14 days, the Mars Society, the world’s largest and most influential Mars advocacy organization, will be marking its twentieth annual international convention dedicated to the study of and planning for human Mars exploration. This year’s conference will take place September 7-10 on the picturesque campus of the University of California Irvine. Leading scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government officials… READ MORE >

Robert Zubrin to Address AIAA (Los Angeles-Las Vegas) Dinner

Robert Zubrin to Address AIAA (Los Angeles-Las Vegas) Dinner  Mars Society President & Founder Dr. Robert Zubrin will give a special address entitled “Destination Mars” at the 2017 American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) Dinner on Wednesday, August 30th (6:00-9:30 pm PST) in Redondo Beach, California. As one of the world’s leading experts on the Red Planet, Dr. Zubrin will talk in detail about the challenges facing human Mars exploration, recent technological developments related to human space flight and details about… READ MORE >

Final Crew Report – Mars 160 (FMARS) – Summer 2017

Final Crew Report Mars 160 Mission (FMARS) Summer 2017 Hello from Mars, 火星からこんにちは (Kasei kara konnichiwa), Привет с Марса (Privet s Marsa), मंगल ग्रह से नमस्ते (Mangal grah se Namaste), Salutations Martiennes, This is the final crew expedition of the Mars 160 program. We are six people living in the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station(FMARS), in the Canadian High Arctic far from home. Over here we can only rely on ourselves. The nearest town is Resolute Bay, a one hour of… READ MORE >

JPL Tours for Mars Society Conference Attendees!

Limited Number of Participants – Register Today The Mars Society is pleased to announce that, with the cooperation of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we will be able to offer two special tours of the JPL facility in Pasadena, California to those registered to attend the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention scheduled to be held at the University of California Irvine September 7-10. There will be two kinds of tour options available. A science and technology tour led by a JPL… READ MORE >

Second Half of Mars 160 Mission Begins as Crew Arrives at FMARS

Continuing its leadership in high-level Mars analog research, the Mars Society is pleased to announce that the second half of its Mars 160 mission has officially begun with the arrival of a six-person crew this weekend at the organization’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS), located on Devon Island in northern Canada. Mars 160 is a unique two-part mission involving a sustained program of advanced field exploration and testing in Mars-like terrain, initially in a desert setting at the Mars Desert… READ MORE >

Mars Society Releases New Red Planet Anthem “Rise to Mars!”

The Mars Society is very honored to release on its official YouTube channel a new inspirational anthem dedicated to the human journey to explore and settle the Red Planet entitled “Rise to Mars!” The uplifting music for the new song was composed by Mumbai, India-born opera singer Oscar Castellino, while the words were written cooperatively by Mr. Castellino and Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin. The YouTube video version of “Rise to Mars!” was taken from the world premiere performance of… READ MORE >

Two Months until 2017 International Mars Society Convention

Great Line-Up of Scientists, Aerospace Industry Reps & Academics to Discuss Mars Exploration In two months, the Mars Society, the world’s largest and most influential Mars advocacy organization, will be marking its twentieth annual international convention dedicated to the study of and planning for human Mars exploration. This year’s conference will take place September 7-10 on the picturesque campus of the University of California Irvine. Leading scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government officials, members of academia and the media will… READ MORE >

Winners of Student Mars Art (SMArt) Contest Announced

Over 140 students from around the world entered the Mars Society’s Student Mars Art (SMArt) contest over the past few months. The objective of the international competition was for students to depict any phase of the human future on the planet Mars, from first landing to full settlement. The contest was divided into three groups: Elementary (grades 4-6), Middle School (grades 7-9) and high school (grades 10-12). The winners for all three categories are now being announced below. To view… READ MORE >

Mars Society Hosting Sci-Fi Panel on Human Future in Space at 2017 Convention

As part of the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled to take place at the University of California Irvine (September 7-10), a panel discussion involving four major science fiction authors has been organized to examine the human future in space and the role science fiction plays in its planning and direction. The four scheduled participants, all award-winning writers, include: Gregory Benford, a science fiction author, professor emeritus at UC Irvine in the field of physics and contributing editor to… READ MORE >

Call for Papers – 2017 Mars Society Convention – ONE WEEK until Deadline

One Week until Submission Deadline The Mars Society invites presentations for the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10, 2017 at the University of California Irvine. Subjects for discussion can involve all matters associated with Mars exploration and establishing a permanent human presence on the Red Planet, including science, technology, engineering, politics, economics, public outreach, government affairs, etc. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent by June 30th to: The Mars Society, 11111 W…. READ MORE >

Red Planet Pen (#36): Origin of Life Theories & Mars Exploration

By Bob Bruner (guest writer) Red Planet Pen, Issue #36 Bob Bruner has attended and presented at the scientific conferences described below since 2015.  His contribution is entitled “Special Exhibit on Meteorites and Minerals associated with the Origin of Life on Earth or Mars” and can be found on the web. He is a long-time member of the Mars Society and is a volunteer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Four popular origin of life theories that have influenced the hunt… READ MORE >

Mike Elsperman to Discuss Boeing Mars Plans at 2017 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Mike Elsperman, Director of Boeing’s Space Science & Advanced Space Utilization division, will give a plenary address about the company’s role in Mars mission planning at the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10 at the University of California Irvine. In addition to being involved in the development of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), Boeing announced concept plans in April for the Deep Space Gateway, a habitat in cislunar orbit… READ MORE >

SpaceX’s Tom Mueller to Address 2017 International Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Tom Mueller, Propulsion Chief Technology Officer for SpaceX, will speak about his company’s ongoing development and plans for travel to the Red Planet at the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10 at the University of California Irvine. A founding employee of SpaceX, Mr. Mueller focuses on new technology developments for propulsion, including Mars main propulsion and surface power. Prior to becoming SpaceX CTO  in 2014, he served as… READ MORE >

R.Zubrin: Radiation Hucksters Strike Again

Radiation Hucksters Strike Again By Dr. Robert Zubrin, Mars Society President, 06.08.17 According to a publicity campaign launched on behalf of a paper authored by University of Nevada Las Vegas Professor Frank Cucinotta, new findings show “collateral damage from cosmic rays increases cancer risks for Mars astronauts.” However an examination of the paper itself shows no discussion of experimental methods or results, because no experiments were done and no data was taken. Rather the much-ballyhooed paper is a discussion of… READ MORE >

American Rover Earns World’s Top Mars Rover Title

After three days of intense competition under the hot desert sun, the Mars Rover Design Team (MRDT) from the Missouri University of Science and Technology became the first team from the United States to win the University Rover Challenge (URC) since 2010. 35 rovers and more than 500 students from seven countries descended upon the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah for this annual competition which asks college students to design and build the world’s best Mars rover…. READ MORE >