Mars Society Convention to Host VR & Mars Panel

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that a special panel discussion entitled Virtual Reality & Mars will be held at the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention on Saturday, August 25th (11:30 am) at the Pasadena Convention Center.

A five-person panel will give a presentation about the Mars Society’s new MarsVR program and how virtual reality has quickly become a serious research tool to support and promote planning for human Mars exploration.

Supported through a recent crowdfunding campaign, the MarsVR program is a unique multi-phase effort designed to pioneer the emerging field of CrowdExploration, the partnership between the first human explorers on Mars and VR experts and enthusiasts back on Earth.

Panelists will include:

  • James Burk, MarsVR Program Director and Mars Society IT Director
  • Shannon Norrell, MarsVR Director of Engineering & Co-Founder, HP Mars Home Planet
  • Greg Chamitoff, Professor of Engineering at Texas A&M & Former NASA astronaut
  • Jeff Dillon, Senior Engineer, Unity
  • Az Balabanian, VR & Photogrammetry Expert, Azadux Creative Productions

For more details about the 2018 International Mars Society Convention, including online registration, please visit our web site ( An updated program itinerary has recently been posted on the Mars Society web site.