The Mars Society is looking for dedicated volunteers with professional experience in the fields of fundraising and/or grant writing.
New volunteers will work together with senior Mars Society management to help coordinate fundraising efforts and planning to allow the organization to expand its current programs and initiatives to promote Mars exploration and the establishment of a permanent human presence on the Red Planet.
If you are based in the U.S. and available to join these efforts, in whatever time-frame is comfortable for you, please contact our main office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you.
Mohammad Iranmanesh, a French-Iranian citizen and member of Crew 151 currently participating in a two-week field rotation at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS)
in Utah, unfurled the flag of Iran, alongside the American flag, to help mark a "Happy Nowruz" (Iranian-Persian New Year). Stressing the importance of international cooperation on space exploration, MDRS crew member Iranmanesh said "Mars has no borders, right?"
The crew also made a bit of Internet history over the weekend when they tweeted the picture of the Iranian flag at MDRS to wish Anousheh Ansari, the first female space tourist to fly to the International Space Station), a happy New Year. Not only did they receive a reply from Ms. Ansari, but the photo and message were also retweeted by NASA astronaut Ronald Garan.
The Mars Society is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Mars Society Poster Contest is Ed Sludden, lead artist of a computer game design company in the United Kingdom.
Participants were asked to design a poster that incorporates the theme - "Mars in Our Time" - for the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled to be held August 13-16 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.The winning design will be used as the primary promotional graphic for the upcoming convention.
In addition, the Mars Society would like to extend its congratulations to the second and third place winners - Brian Briones and Scott Porter (respectively). The organization would also like to give honorable mention to Juan Nunez.
following is the final mission report of Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS)
Crew 150. A complete review of this year's MDRS activities and research will be presented at the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention, to be held August 13-16, 2015 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Online registration is available, along with other details about the four-day conference. Please join us this summer!
Have you ever seen
the skyline between Earth and Mars hiding behind the hills?
We are Crew 150, we
are six Peruvian students who had a dream some months ago, having a great
Martian experience MDRS. Now, we are here, we have learned to live a different
but interesting life far from the Earth. This life put on our way some issues
which we had to deal with using creativity and abilities during the simulation
on Mars, and this have made us growing as a student, as human.
This experience will
set a before and after in our professional life, because this will inspire us
to get involved deeper in this theme.
pretends to inform the Mars Society how was our time and performance in the
station during our rotation. We started our simulation on February 24, and here
is our Martian life resume.
The Mars Society invites presentations for the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention. Subjects for discussion can involve all matters associated with the exploration and settlement of the planet Mars, including science, technology, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent by June 30th to: The Mars Society, 11111 West 8th Avenue, Unit A, Lakewood, CO 80215 or forwarded via email to: email@example.com(e-mail submissions are preferred). Sample Abstract format.
Proposed conference sessions:
The search for life on Mars
Latest findings from Mars spacecraft
Plans for 2015 Mars missions and beyond
Curiosity rover - research & accomplishments
Concepts for future robotic Mars missions
Phobos & Deimos: Missions to the Martian moons
Planning for human missions to the Red Planet
Advanced space propulsion systems
Launch vehicles for Mars exploration
Long-range mobility on the Red Planet
Life support & biomedical factors
Human factors & crew composition
In-situ resource utilization
Mars agriculture & aquaculture technology
'The First Martians' – Building a permanent Mars colony
Society is pleased to announce that Jim Watzin, Director of NASA’s Mars Exploration
Program, will address the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention, to be held August 13-16 at the Catholic University of America in
Washington, D.C. Mr. Watzin assumed the role, commonly referred to as “Mars
Czar”, in November 2014.
recently, Mr. Watzin served as the technical director and deputy program
executive for Command, Control, Communication, Computer, Intelligence,
Surveillance, and Reconnaissance at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in
Huntsville, Alabama. Among his other duties, he oversaw MDA's space development
and test activities.
hands-on background in systems engineering, Mr. Watzin has led multiple flight
projects and program offices, serving as the NASA program manager for several
programs that included Living with a Star, Solar Terrestrial Probes, and
Robotic Lunar Exploration.
He was the
founder of the Planetary Projects Division at Goddard, where he oversaw the
development of the Mars Science Laboratory's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument
suite and mentored the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) and
Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer
(OSIRIS-REx) mission formulation teams.
Just like President John F. Kennedy challenged America to land on the moon before the end of the 1960s, so too can some new leader inspire the future of space exploration on Mars, Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin believes.
Aldrin, 85, spoke before a packed house Tuesday at Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus.
"America must be the world leader in human space flight," he said. "There is no other area that clearly demonstrates American innovation and enterprise than human space flight."
Aldrin made history with Neil Armstrong on July 20, 1969, when the two men became the first humans to step foot on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission. In total, they spent 21 hours on the lunar surface gathering 46 pounds of moon rocks. Some 600 million people watched the historic scene on television.