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Europa Clipper Update Planned for 2017 International Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Pappalardo, a Project Scientist in JPL’s Planetary Science Division, will provide an update about NASA’s Europa Clipper mission during the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10, 2017 at the University of California Irvine. Due for launch in the 2020’s, the Europa Clipper mission will place a spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter in order to perform a detailed investigation of the giant planet’s moon Europa – a… READ MORE >

World Premiere of New Mars Anthem “Rise to Mars”

“Monsieur, your song is worth an extra thousand men in battle!” once said a French general of Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle’s ‘La Marseilles’. For those of us pushing for a human future in space, an inspiring tune could motivate millions and convince governments that we need to get to Mars, and we need to get there now! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a tune! “Rise to Mars!”, an inspirational melody composed by Mumbai-born opera singer Oscar Dom Victor Castellino,… READ MORE >

[Washington Post] Mars Society Founder Blasts NASA for ‘Worst Plan Yet’

By Joel Achenbacher, Washington Post, 05.17.17 Robert Zubrin started the Mars Society nearly two decades ago with the dream of creating a human settlement on the Red Planet. “The time has come for humanity to journey to Mars!” he announced one night in the summer of 1998, at the group’s founding convention in Boulder, Colo. He then read the society’s Founding Declaration: “We must go, not for us, but for the people who are yet to be. We must do… READ MORE >

Get Your Limited Edition URC 2017 T-Shirt or Decal Now!

The Mars Society and Team Mars are jointly producing a special limited series of t-shirts and rover decals to mark the annual University Rover Challenge (URC), the leading world-wide competition for college students to design, build and field the next generation of Mars rovers. Join the growing number of space enthusiasts dedicated to the robotic and human exploration of the Red Planet by ordering a URC t-shirt or decal at the special web site maintained by the Mars Society and… READ MORE >

[Op-Ed] NASA’s Worst Plan Yet – By Robert Zubrin

By Robert Zubrin National Review, 05.15.17 At the recent Space Foundation conference held in Colorado Springs, NASA revealed its new plan for human space exploration, superseding the absurd Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) championed by the Obama administration. Amazingly, the space agency has managed to come up with an even dumber idea. In the early months of the Trump administration, some lunar advocates spread the rumor that the new president would seek a return to the Moon within his first four years,… READ MORE >

Former NASA No. 2 Dava Newman to Address 2017 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that former NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman will speak about current planning for human space exploration at the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10, 2017 at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Newman served as deputy to Administrator Charles Bolden from 2015-17, helping provide leadership, planning and policy direction for NASA, while also representing the agency to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of federal and… READ MORE >

Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides to Talk at 2017 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company, will give a plenary talk at the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10 at the University of California Irvine. In these two senior roles, Mr. Whitesides is responsible for guiding all aspects of building the world’s first commercial spaceline and overseeing the manufacturing of the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space vehicles. Before joining Virgin Galactic, Mr. Whitesides served as… READ MORE >

First Place for 2017 Mars Society Poster Contest Announced

A committee of Mars Society staff members took a close look at nearly two dozen creative designs submitted to the 2017 Mars Society Poster Contest. After a longer than expected review period, the winner of the annual competition was selected – Violaine Bourgeais (France). Graphic artists were asked to submit a poster using the theme “Mars: From Imagination to Reality” for the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, set to take place September 7-10 at the University of California Irvine…. READ MORE >

John Grotzinger to Address 2017 International Mars Society Convention

Dr. John Grotzinger, former NASA Project Scientist for the Curiosity/Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover mission, will give a plenary talk at the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10, 2017 at the University of California Irvine. The planned address will involve a full review of the results of the ongoing Curiosity rover mission on the Red Planet. In addition to Dr. Grotzinger’s work with MSL over a period of nine years, he was also involved as a… READ MORE >

Anousheh Ansari to Give Keynote Address at 2017 Mars Society Convention Banquet

Anousheh Ansari to Give Keynote Address at 2017 Mars Society Convention Banquet The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer, businesswoman and the first female private space explorer, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Saturday evening banquet of the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention on September 9th at the University of California Irvine. Making history more than a decade ago and fulfilling a life-long dream, Mrs. Ansari became the first self-funded female… READ MORE >

MDRS Crew 177 – Final Mission Report

MDRS Crew 177 – Final Mission Report The following is the final summary report of Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 177 (Lone Star Highlanders). A full review of this year’s activities at MDRS will be presented at the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10, 2017 at the University of California Irvine. A call for abstracts for the convention was issued recently, with a June 30th deadline. Crew 177, Lone Star Highlanders, a team representing McLennan… READ MORE >

Mars Society Reaches 50,000 Facebook “Likes”

Great news! Our official Mars Society Facebook page reached a new milestone today – the 50,000 “Likes” mark! Much thanks to everyone who visits (and has visited) our page to learn more about the organization and its ongoing efforts to support a human mission to the Red Planet! Keep letting folks know about the Mars Society and its Facebook presence. Thanks again!… READ MORE >

Make a Recurring Monthly Gift to the Mars Society

Support the Mars Society, a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with a recurring monthly contribution. Play a direct role in helping the world’s largest Mars advocacy group to educate the public, the media and the government on the benefits of exploring Mars and creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet, and also carry out important and timely research at our Mars surface simulation facilities in Utah and Canada. Help out with whatever amount you can – $10, $25 or… READ MORE >

[Op-Ed] Making America’s Space Program Great Again – By Robert Zubrin

Making America’s Space Program Great Again By Robert Zubrin, SpaceNews, 03.27.17 Rumors are circulating that the Trump team is considering a return to the Moon as the basis for its space policy. If done properly, this could be a very good thing. NASA needs a clear near-term goal, but that goal should be humans to Mars. Mars is where the science is, it is where the challenge is, and it is where the future is. Because it once had oceans, rivers… READ MORE >

MDRS Crew 176 – Final Mission Report

MDRS Crew 176 – Final Mission Report The following is the final summary report of Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 176, the Polish team “PolMars.” A full review of this year’s activities at MDRS will be presented at the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10, 2017 at University of California Irvine. MDRS Mission Summary Crew 176 (PolMars) was the first entirely Polish crew at MDRS. Our simulation took place between 11-26 March 2017. Except for one… READ MORE >

36 Student Teams Advance to URC 2017 Finals

The most competitive Critical Design Review in University Rover Challenge (URC) history has concluded with 36 student teams from seven countries being selected to compete June 1-3 at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah. A record 82 teams from 13 countries began the year trying to design and build the world’s best astronaut-assisting Mars rover. With most teams presenting highly advanced systems, judges were left with an incredibly difficult decision and ultimately decided to expand… READ MORE >

Looking for a Few Good Artists – 2017 Mars Society Poster Contest

The 2017 Mars Society Poster Contest kicks off today. Members, friends and space enthusiasts are all invited to submit a poster for consideration, with the winning design to be used as the main promotional graphic for the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10, at the University of California Irvine. Those intending to create a poster for the annual competition are asked to incorporate the main theme of this year’s 20th anniversary convention – “From Imagination to… READ MORE >

Mars Society to Hold Int’l Student Mars Art Contest

The Mars Society is sponsoring a Student Mars Art (SMArt) Contest, inviting youth from around the world to depict the human future on the planet Mars. Young artists from grades 4 through 12 (ages 8 to 18) are invited to submit up to three works of art each, illustrating any part of the human future on the Red Planet, including the first landing, human field exploration, operations at an early Mars base, the building of the first Martian cities, terraforming… READ MORE >

20th Mars Society Convention to be Held at UC Irvine in September

The Mars Society will be marking an important milestone this year with the convening of its 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention on the campus of the University of California Irvine, scheduled for September 7-10, 2017. The four-day international conference will bring together leading scientists, engineers, policymakers, government officials, aerospace industry representatives, policymakers and journalists to talk about the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic developments that could help pave the way for the human exploration and settlement of… READ MORE >

Student Rocketry Teams to Compete for FAR-MARS Prize

MOJAVE, CA – Student-built rockets will streak into the stratosphere in Spring 2018 as college and university engineering teams from around the world compete for $100,000 in prizes in a contest sponsored jointly by the Mars Society, headquartered in Lakewood, CO and the California-based Friends of Amateur Rocketry (FAR). Announced last year, the FAR-MARS Prize will grant $50,000 to the team whose bi-propellant liquid-fueled rocket comes closest to reaching 45,000 feet (13,716 meters). A second $50,000 prize will go to the… READ MORE >

Mars Is Within Reach (Article – R.Zubrin)

Mars Is Within Reach By Dr. Robert Zubrin, American Thinker, 12.27.16 On November 28, a syndicated op-ed by Charles Wohlforth and Amanda Hendrix appeared in the Los Angeles Times and carried over the following days by a number of other newspapers claiming that journeys to Mars are just a dream. According to these writers, the race to Mars “can’t be won with either’s [NASA’s or SpaceX’s] current technology, regardless of their spending or commitment. The barrier is human biology. Even a… READ MORE >

Making History @ MDRS with Live 360 Facebook Video Broadcast

Facebook/NatGeo Launch Live 360 Video from MDRS in Utah On Tuesday, December 13 at 12:00 pm PDT / 3:00 pm EDT, Facebook is launching Live 360 video with National Geographic, live from the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) facility in Utah. People around the world will be able to discover and explore this video on Facebook. Over the past 80 days, seven space scientists from around the world have lived in pods simulating every aspect of life on Mars, including total isolation… READ MORE >

Mars 160 Crew Submits 60 Day Report

This report submitted by Alexandre Mangeot, Crew Commander. For these 60-day reports I asked my crew mates to write about this mission from their personal perspectives. I wanted us to share more than the pictures, the science and technology reports and food recipes. I wanted us to share our feelings as much as it is humanly possible with simple words! So the crew wrote their parts independently during these few days and the result is just mind-blowing… Read the report… READ MORE >

Support the Mars Society on #GivingTuesday

On November 29th, the Mars Society will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to philanthropic giving driven by social media and collaboration. It’s a day when your financial support for our non-profit organization makes a huge impact and allows us to actively pursue our goal of human Mars exploration. With your help and involvement, the Mars Society is carrying out important Mars surface simulation work at its stations in Utah and Canada, playing a major role in educational… READ MORE >

Ron Howard’s Mars: Space Flight Travels beyond NASA (By R.Zubrin)

By Robert Zubrin, National Review, 11.12.16 In 1955, Werner von Braun teamed up with Walt Disney to produce a three-part TV series laying out America’s spacefaring future. With a record-smashing viewership of 40 million people for its first episode, “Man in Space” played a decisive role in putting the challenge of sending men to the Moon squarely in the mind of the nation. Just 14 years later, we were there. Now, with the soon-to-start six-part National Geographic TV series Mars,… READ MORE >