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News & Announcements

  • Call for Volunteers (Fundraising)
    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 ( Thank you.
    Posted Mar 24, 2015, 7:28 PM by M Stoltz
  • Crew 151 Mark Iranian-Persian New Year at MDRS
    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.

    Posted Mar 22, 2015, 10:21 AM by M Stoltz
  • 2015 Mars Society Poster Contest Winner Announced
    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.
    Posted Mar 21, 2015, 8:01 PM by M Stoltz
  • Mars Desert Research Station Crew 150 - Final Mission Report

    The 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.

    This document 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.

    To read the full crew report, please click here.

    Posted Mar 14, 2015, 4:05 PM by M Stoltz
  • Call for Papers - 2015 Mars Society Convention
    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: (e-mail submissions are preferred).  Sample Abstract format.

    Proposed conference sessions: 
    • The search for life on Mars
    • Latest findings from Mars spacecraft
    • Why Mars?
    • 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
    • Educating the next generation of 'Marsonauts'
    • Terraforming - Creating a Martian ecology
    • How Mars technology can benefit life on Earth
    • Analog studies relating to Mars exploration
    • Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS)
    • Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS)
    • University Rover Challenge (URC)
    • Proposed projects for the Mars Society
    • Technology to assist human space exploration
    • Entrepreneurial approaches to a Mars mission
    • Privately-funded Mars mission concepts
    • Mars political action and outreach
    • Public policy for Mars exploration
    • Benefits of space exploration for humanity
    • International cooperation in space
    • Martian law, governance & social systems
    • Philosophical implications for Mars exploration
    • Religion & space exploration
    • Asteroid missions & mining: A bridge to Mars?
    • Technologies for reaching the stars
    Posted Mar 14, 2015, 12:17 PM by M Stoltz
  • NASA Mars Czar Jim Watzin to Address 2015 Mars Society Convention
    The Mars 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. 

    More 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. 

    With a 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.

    Posted Mar 14, 2015, 12:12 PM by M Stoltz
  • Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Lays Out Plan for Mars Colonization in Talk at CU-Boulder
    By Sarah Kuta
    Denver Post, 03.03.15

    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.

    To read the full article, please click here.

    Posted Mar 4, 2015, 7:57 PM by M Stoltz
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*Upcoming Events*

18th Annual International 
Mars Society Convention
August 13-16, 2015
Washington D.C.

European Rover Challenge
September 5-6, 2015
Swietokrzyskie, Poland


The Mars Society's One-Year Mars Surface
Simulation Mission in Northern Canada

International Inspiration Mars
Student Design Competition

For final contest results, please click here.

View from MDRS

A Quote to Remember

"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."

-- Christopher Columbus

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