The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Legendary Rover Team (Rzeszow University of Technology - Poland) has won the 2015 University Rover Challenge with a score of 460 points.
Second place with 371 points belongs to BYU Mars Rover (Brigham Young University - Utah, U.S.A.), while Project Scorpio (Wrocław University of Technology - Poland) earned third place with 364 points.
The Mars Society would like to congratulate all of the student teams for participating in this year's URC contest and for showing the kind of creativity and problem-solving that future Mars explorers will need.
For full details about the 2015 URC competition and results, please click here.
Special hotel accommodations have been organized
by the Phoenix Park Hotel (520 N. Capitol St. NW, Washington, D.C.) for the 18th
Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for August 13-16, 2015 at the
Catholic University of America.
attending the Mars Society convention may now book hotel reservations at a
reduced rate by calling (toll free) # 877-237-2082 and identifying themselves as being with Group Code 19866 or 'Mars Society'. Attendees may also book their reservations online by clicking on an a special reservation web link. Major credit card information is required at time of reservation.
date for ordering a hotel reservation is Monday, July 13th. Reservation requests received after this date
will be subject to availability and prevailing rate. Individual cancellation policy is 72 hours
prior to date of arrival to avoid one night’s room plus tax charge to credit
card provided. Please obtain a cancellation number when doing so.
transportation to the Mars Society convention, held at the Catholic University campus,
is available via the Union Station Metro line, located one block from the
Phoenix Park Hotel.
details about the 2015 Mars Society Convention, including registration details,
a list of confirmed speakers and sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
The Mars Society's 2015 University Rover Challenge (URC) began earlier today at the organization's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah. 23 student teams from around the world are participating in the three-day competition, held at the world's largest "Mars sandbox" in and around the MDRS habitat. For daily updates, please visit the URC Facebook page.
[Image: The Rover Boyz from India await the start of the Terrain Traversing Task.]
“Jack” Schmitt will give a plenary address to the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention, which will be held August 13-16 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The title of Dr. Schmitt's talk will be "The Moon: The Fastest Operational Path to Mars."
is a respected geologist, university professor, former U.S. senator from New
Mexico and retired NASA astronaut, having served as a crew member on board
Apollo 17 in December 1972. He became the first of NASA’s scientist-astronaut
group to fly in space. With Apollo 17 being the last of the Apollo missions, he
also became the twelfth person to set foot on the Moon and, as of
2015, the second-to-last person to step off the lunar surface (he boarded the
lunar module shortly before commander Eugene Cernan).
Dr. Schmitt remains
the first and only professional scientist to have flown beyond low Earth orbit
and to have visited the Moon. He was influential within the community of
geologists supporting the Apollo program and, before starting his own
preparations for an Apollo mission, had been one of the scientists training
those Apollo astronauts chosen to visit the lunar surface.
Schmitt’s address will be given during a special plenary session to take place
on the evening of August 14th. Following his talk, he will participate alongside
Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin and Planetary Society leader Casey
Dreier in a three-way panel debate on the subject of “Where Next for Human
For more information about the 2015 Mars Society Convention, including registration details and sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, will give a plenary
talk about his long-term vision for solar system exploration and the role communications
will play in this endeavor at the 18th Annual International Mars Society
Convention, scheduled for August 13-16 at Catholic University in Washington,
as one of the "fathers of the Internet," Dr. Cerf is the co-designer
of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has held
executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives
and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.
served as Chairman of the Board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names &
Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. He served as founding President of the
Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995. Dr. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of
Arts & Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer
History Museum, the British Computer Society, the Worshipful Company of
Information Technologists and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
serves as past President of the Association for Computing Machinery, Chairman
of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), Chairman of StopBadWare
and recently completed his term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on
Advanced Technology for the U.S. National Institute of Standards &
Technology. In addition, President Obama appointed Dr. Cerf to the National
Science Board in 2012.
more information about the 2015 International Mars Society Convention,
including registration details, sponsorship opportunities and a list of
confirmed plenary speakers and panelists, please click here.
Senior members of Mars Society Mexicoannounced yesterday that the chapter will be building its own Mars Analog Research Station in the mountain desert region near Perote in the southeastern Mexican state of Veracruz. Intended for a crew of four, the new facility will be a compact horizontal cylinder in design and will be called Humbolt Station. A three meter diameter by eight meter long prototype has already been built.
Meeting with members of the media during a press conference and accompanied by Mars Society (U.S.) President Dr. Robert Zubrin, MS Mexico leaders Jorge Benitez Rodriguez and Omar Pensado Diaz also said that Mars Society Mexico will be sending a crew to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah during the 2015-16 field season to participate in a two-week Mars analog simulation.