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Mars Society Chapter Involved in NASA Spaceward Bound Expedition

Mars Society Australia, led by Dr. Jonathan Clarke, helped coordinate a NASA Spaceward Bound expedition to Ladakh in northwestern India last month. The mission carried out astrobiology, astrogeology and human factors research along with educational and public outreach events. There were over 30 participants from India, Australia, the U.S., Azerbaijan, the U.K., Spain and Sweden, with organizations representing MSA, NASA, JPL, Blue Marble, ESA, IISER, BMIS and BSIP. Support was provided by Tata Motors and Inspired Journeys…. READ MORE >

Mars Society to Relaunch Red Planet Radio Podcast

The Mars Society will be re-launching its popular online podcast, Red Planet Radio, beginning Monday, September 19th, three days before the start of the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, being held this year at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Upcoming episodes of the new broadcast will feature interviews with Dr. Robert Zubrin, President and founder of the Mars Society, Thomas Myers, a prominent science blogger at The Physics of SpaceX, Lucinda Offer, Executive Director of the Mars Society and… READ MORE >

Debate on NASA Planetary Protection at 2016 Mars Society Convention

NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection is intended to “promote the responsible exploration of the solar system by implementing and developing efforts that protect the science, explored environments and Earth.” This has been a long-standing policy within the agency, but some are beginning to question the need for such confining guidelines when pursuing planetary exploration and, in particular, the search for life on the planet Mars. Critics of planetary protection view NASA’s current policies, intended to safeguard Mars against biological contamination… READ MORE >

Mars 160 Crew Patch Unveiled by Mars Society

The Mars Society unveiled today the official crew patch for its Mars 160 mission, a twin desert-Arctic analog project using both of the organization’s field research stations – the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) located in southern Utah and the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Devon Island in northern Canada. Mars 160 is an extended Mars surface simulation involving a unique program of field exploration, using the same crew to carry out similar science operations for the same… READ MORE >

Major Mars Rover Contest & Robotics Congress to be Held in Poland

More than 300 young engineers from around the world are scheduled to participate in the Third Annual European Rover Challenge (ERC), a major international Mars rover contest powered by the Mars Society and held in Podkarpackie, Poland. ERC is Europe’s largest rover-robotics competition that brings together students to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers. Along with the ERC, the first ever European Robotics Congress will be convened September 10-13, 2016 at the Exhibition & Congress Center of… READ MORE >

Mars Society Convention to Host Final Round of Gemini Mars Student Design Contest

In September 2015, the Mars Society announced plans for the International Gemini Mars Student Design Competition in an effort to encourage a serious humans-to-Mars initiative. The new contest invited U.S. and international engineering students to create a detailed plan for a two-person Mars flyby mission proposal that could be placed on the desk of the new President in January 2017 and completed by the end of his/her second term in office. Following the announcement, 19 student teams from around the… READ MORE >

Q&A with NatGeo MARS Series Executive Producer Justin Wilkes, Keynote Talk by Former NASA Ames Head Pete Worden and Live Skype Chat with Mars Desert 80 Crew from MDRS as part of 2016 Mars Society Convention Banquet

As part of its 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, the Mars Society will be hosting a special banquet on Saturday, September 24th from 7:00-11:00pm at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Considered the highlight of the annual four-day Mars Society conference, the evening dinner will involve a number of exciting and timely events, talks and presentations, including: + A live update from the crew of the Mars Desert 80 mission (via Skype) from the Mars Desert Research… READ MORE >

ONE MONTH until 2016 International Mars Society Convention

ONE MONTH until 2016 International Mars Society Convention Major Speakers to Discuss Humans-to-Mars in Washington, D.C. The Mars Society will be convening its 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. September 22-25, just weeks prior to the U.S. presidential and congressional elections. Leading scientists, government officials, commercial space representatives, policymakers and space advocates will address the four day conference on the latest updates about Mars exploration, planning for a human mission to… READ MORE >

Lockheed Martin to Discuss Mars Base Camp & STEM Education at 2016 Mars Society Convention

Two senior representatives of Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s leading aerospace and global security companies, will participate in the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 22-25, 2016 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. With the recent announcement of Lockheed Martin’s Mars Base Camp plan, which would transport astronauts from Earth to a Mars-orbiting science laboratory by 2028, Tim Cichan, a Space Exploration Architect for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, will discuss the new… READ MORE >

University Rover Challenge Comes to the UK

University Rover Challenge Comes to the UK The new Mars Society United Kingdom chapter recently took on a major challenge during its first year of activity by planning and convening the United Kingdom University Rover Challenge (UKURC), its own version of the U.S. Mars Society’s highly-successful University Rover Challenge (URC), held annually at the Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah. The new UK branch is based out of Manchester, England, but its members also come from the areas of… READ MORE >

A Series of NASA Officials & Scientists to Address 2016 Mars Society Convention

The number of senior NASA officials and scientists confirmed to speak at the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention continues to grow. Recognized as the world’s premier conference on Mars exploration and humans-to-Mars planning, the International Mars Society Convention is scheduled for September 22-25 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. NASA representatives to “talk Mars” at our 2016 convention will include: Jim Green – Director, NASA Planetary Science Division: Mars & International Cooperation Jim Watzin – Director,… READ MORE >

2016 Mars Society Convention Program Itinerary Now Online!

The full program itinerary for the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 22-25 at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., has been posted on our organization’s web site. Please take a few minutes to look over our list of plenary and track talk speakers, as well as our planned panel discussions and public debates on issues that will have a major impact on human Mars exploration in the years to come. Join us this September to hear… READ MORE >

Panel to Discuss STEM Education & Pathway to Red Planet at 2016 Mars Society Convention

Since its founding, the Mars Society has consistently been a major advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, viewing this as a critical need if humanity is ever to begin seriously exploring the solar system, including the planet Mars, and moving in the direction of becoming a multi-planetary species. As part of this, the Mars Society has organized a special panel discussion on the subject of “STEM Education & the Pathway to the Human Exploration & Settlement of… READ MORE >

Mars Society Welcomes Bangladesh Chapter to International Family

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that another chapter has been added to the growing ranks of its world-wide network dedicated to the cause of humans to Mars. Late last week, a group of university students belonging to the Engineering Students Association of Bangladesh (ESAB) held an inaugural meeting of the Bangladeshi chapter of the Mars Society at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, the country’s capital. The U.S. Embassy organized a reception to host the new international Mars Society… READ MORE >

Inaugural UK University Rover Challenge a Big Success

The Mars Society (US) would like to thank the student teams from Canada, Poland, India, Egypt and our generous host country, the United Kingdom, that participated in the inaugural 2016 UK University Rover Challenge (UKURC) in Manchester, England this past weekend. The Top 3 Winning Student Teams: 1st place – The Elite (Misr University for Science & Technology, Egypt) 2nd place – Nex Robotics (Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland) 3rd place – The University of Warsaw Rover Team (Uniwersytet Warszawski,… READ MORE >

Explore Mars CEO to Discuss Unified Mars Campaign at 2016 Mars Society Convention

Chris Carberry, CEO and co-founder of Explore Mars, will give a plenary talk on “Creating a unified campaign for Mars” at the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 22-25 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In his role with Explore Mars, Mr. Carberry has led successful international conferences including the ISS & Mars Conference in Washington, D.C. and Strasbourg, France, and the Women & Mars Conference also in the U.S. capitol. He is considered… READ MORE >

Two Months until 2016 Mars Society Convention

Major Speakers to Discuss Humans-to-Mars in Washington, D.C. The Mars Society will be convening the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. September 22-25, just weeks prior to the U.S. presidential and congressional elections. Leading scientists, government officials, policymakers and space advocates will address the four day conference on the latest updates about Mars exploration, planning for a human mission to the Red Planet and other major space news. Some of the… READ MORE >

Watch TEDx Moscow Talk by Robert Zubrin

Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin spoke at TEDx Moscow during a trip to Russia in June, detailing the potential for the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. To watch the complete TEDx talk by Dr. Zubrin, please click here.  … READ MORE >

NASA Scientist to Discuss Martian Water Cycle at 2016 International Mars Society Convention

Dr. Adrian Brown, a planetary scientist working at NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute, will present a plenary talk about “the Martian Water Cycle” at the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 22-25, 2016 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Dr. Brown’s field of expertise includes the planet Mars, astrobiology and remote sensing spectroscopy. His current research focuses on the analysis of data from the Mars instrument “CRISM” (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer… READ MORE >

Crews for 2016-17 MDRS Field Season Announced

The Mars Society would like to congratulate all of the teams which have been selected as crew members for the upcoming 2016-17 field season at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. We look forward to another successful period of Mars surface simulation work and research, benefiting future pioneers of the Red Planet. Crew 171 – Dec. 17, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017 — SEDS Crew 172 – Dec. 31, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017 — Mars Society Crew… READ MORE >

New GreenHab Added to MDRS Station

Work on the Mars Society’s new GreenHab at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah is almost finished! The new greenhouse is a wonderful addition to the MDRS facility and will serve crew members in their important research for years to come. The earlier dome-shaped greenhouse that was constructed last year was unfortunately deemed unsuitable for some aspects of greenhouse use and will therefore be retrofitted into a state-of-the-art science lab, expanding the organization’s ability to carry out Mars-related… READ MORE >

HBO Pays a Visit to MDRS

HBO Vice, the network’s award-winning news program, will broadcast a 15-minute report about current planning for a human mission to Mars on Friday, July 1st at 11:00 pm EDT (8:00 pm PDT). The segment will include a visit to the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, which took place last December during the field rotation of Crew 158. The program can be viewed on television, but can also be seen online via HBO GO immediately after the show is… READ MORE >

Congresswoman Donna Edwards to Address 2016 Mars Society Convention

Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD), the ranking member of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Space, will address the 19th Annual International Mars Society Convention on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A strong advocate of Mars exploration and a human mission to the Red Planet, Rep. Edwards will discuss the future of  the U.S. space program and the need for Congress to increase NASA’s budget, including funding for a humans-to-Mars program. Rep. Edwards currently… READ MORE >

Building the Future on Mars – Volunteer at MDRS

Opportunities to Participate as Part of the Mars Desert Research Station Mission Support Team As the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) begins its 16th year of analog studies in southern Utah, we look back with pride on the people who have supported the station in the past, those who have been and are now working on their dreams through their professional position in the space sector. There are plenty of opportunities to participate at MDRS other than as… READ MORE >

Mars Society Launches Major Update of Online MarsPapers Archive

After months of extensive work, design and updates by a dedicated group of volunteers, the Mars Society has officially launched a major update of MarsPapers, an extensive online archive of over 500 Mars-related papers, presentations and documents, all available in PDF format for viewing or downloading. While many of the documents in MarsPapers have been presented at past Mars Society international conventions, members of the public are encouraged to submit any Mars-oriented document for inclusion in the archive, where it will… READ MORE >