Mars Society Convention Begins in One Month at ASU – Register Online Today

The Mars Society will officially open its 26th annual international convention one month from today on the picturesque Arizona State University campus in Tempe October 5-8, serving once again as the world’s largest multi-day forum on Mars exploration, planning for human settlement, and cutting-edge topics related to space exploration, science, and technology.

As always, the four-day Mars Society conference will convene a wide range of scientists, engineers, aerospace executives, government policymakers, analog astronauts, and space advocates to discuss and analyze the latest news about humanity’s plans for exploring Mars in the coming decade.

This year’s event will center on the theme Mars for All. With growing global interest in and public support for humans-to-Mars, advocates for this endeavor, including the Mars Society, have developed a series of initiatives allowing members of the general public to learn about and even experience the idea of human settlement of the Red Planet. 

Several of these state-of-the-art projects will be showcased at the convention, allowing a sizable number of people with the opportunity to experience how humans can reside and work on the planet Mars. This includes a live demonstration of MarsVR, the Mars Society’s open-source virtual reality platform that can be used for serious research and training towards the goal of sending humans to Mars.

Convention organizers will also use the successful format of combining both in-person and virtual plenary talks, panel discussions, and public debates over the course of the forum. Those attending remotely will be able to use online tools to view each session, submit questions to speakers in real time, and conduct professional networking with other participants.

A sample of speakers and events scheduled for the convention: 

  • Tiffany Morgan, Deputy Director, Mars Exploration Program, NASA
  • Dr. Chris McKay, Planetary Scientist & Astrobiologist, NASA
  • Dr. Kris Zacny, Senior Vice President, Honeybee Robotics
  • Dean Cheng, Senior Researcher & China Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Dr. Shawna Pandya, Director, Medical Research, Orbital Assembly Corporation
  • Dr. Carol Stoker, Planetary Scientist, NASA
  • Rick Tumlinson, Founding Partner, SpaceFund
  • Dr. David Poston, CTO, Space Nuclear Power Corp.
  • Dr. Robert Zubrin, Founder & President, The Mars Society
  • Panel – How to Search for Life on Mars
  • Panel – Insitu Exploration vs. Sample Return
  • Panel – 2023 FMARS Analog Mission to Canada
  • Panel – MARS-V Mongolian Analog & Chapter Update
  • Panel – 2023 Mission to Mars High School Summer Program
  • Student Debate – Mars or Bust? (organized by Debate to Educate)

For additional details about the 2023 International Mars Society Convention, including online registration, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, recommended hotel accommodations, and more, please visit: www.marssociety.org.

The full program itinerary and confirmed list of speakers will be posted on our website in the very near future. Also, if you have a question about the convention, please contact us at: convention-staff@marssociety.org.