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Welcome to The Mars Society

by Jean Lagarde last modified 2007-03-07 10:27

This is the global and U.S. site for The Mars Society.

The Purpose of the Mars Society

To further the goal of the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet. This will be done by:
  1. Broad public outreach to instill the vision of pioneering Mars.
  2. Support of ever more aggressive government funded Mars exploration programs around the world.
  3. Conducting Mars exploration on a private basis.
Starting small, with hitchhiker payloads on government funded missions, we intend to use the credibility that such activity will engender to mobilize larger resources that will enable stand-alone private robotic missions and ultimately human exploration.

Founding Declaration

We invite you to read the Founding Declaration of the Mars Society.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Interested in finding out more about us? Read the Mars Society FAQ.

Mars Society News

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German Mars Society's MIRIAM Being Prepared For Launch

by Hannes S. Griebel — 2008-10-21 16:23

During the past week, MIRIAM and its flight system stack were prepared for launch. The flight operations team and the flight support crew arrived in Kiruna along with a number of guests. Until Thursday, the only one missing was MIRIAM herself, who unfortunately got lost during transport from Stockholm to Kiruna. She was finally located in Lulea, safely delivered to ESRANGE and checked out. No transportation damages were found.

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Mars Science Laboratory Still on Course!

by Jean Lagarde — 2008-10-21 16:48

You will be pleased to learn that NASA administrator Michael Griffin announced that the program has been given the authority to continue for a planned 2009 launch.

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Louis L. Stott Foundation Provides Major Donation To The Mars Society

by Alex Kirk — 2008-10-21 16:45

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that the Louis L. Stott Foundation has recently donated $35,000 in the first of a promised series of gifts. This grant will be used to help support the Society's new project, TEMPO³, and to support The Mars Society's membership outreach program.

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URGENT: Mobilize to Save the Mars Science Laboratory!

by Alex Kirk — 2008-10-17 23:28

Due to budgetary overruns, NASA and Congress may cancel the Mars Science Laboratory, which is scheduled to be launched to Mars in October of 2009 - in a vote that could be held as soon as Friday! This 9-foot long rover is far more capable than the twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and will contain the most impressive array of instruments and experiments that has ever been sent to Mars. It will be able to look for the building blocks of life. All previous Mars missions have been leading up to this one. UPDATE: Any letters sent to Congress through 10:30 a.m. eastern time on Oct. 10 should be re-sent immediately. The system uses the web server to look up representatives, and that system is currently being overwhelmed by people upset with the financial bailout. As a result, letters sent to Congress were not properly generated. We apologize for the inconvenience, and have now implemented a workaround that will allow all letters to be sent. We also want to clarify that there is no actual vote by Congress planned, but a decision will be taken by NASA management that can be influenced by input from your representatives.

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Print-On-Demand publishing of Mars Society Proceedings

by Frank Crossman — 2008-10-08 20:22

Announcing Print-On-Demand book publishing of full papers from the Mars Society Conventions 2005-2008.

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Publish your Mars Society Convention presentation

by Frank Crossman — 2008-10-08 20:23

Submit your Mars Society Convention presentation for electronic publication in the MarsPapers Archive.

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German Mars Society Finalizes Preparations For Oct. 21 Launch Of MIRIAM

German Mars Society Finalizes Preparations For Oct. 21 Launch Of MIRIAM

by Hannes S. Griebel — 2008-10-03 19:17

Over the weekend, the flight system was successfully flight commissioned and the MIRIAM entry vehicle assembled and packed. On Monday morning, the Entry Vehicle was finally installed within the Service Module and the clamp ring was locked. The system is now ready for deployment in space.

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Mars Society Congratulates SpaceX On Its First Successful Orbital Flight

by Alex Kirk — 2008-09-29 12:24

The Mars Society has extended formal congratulations to SpaceX, after Flight 4 of the Falcon 1 vehicle successfully reached orbit last night.

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German Mars Society Performs Flight System Commissioning Tests on MIRIAM

by Alex Kirk — 2008-09-29 08:37

After receiving the proper trajectory file from MORABA and finding that no flight sequence modifications are necessary for successful operation, we proceeded with flight system commissioning tests. We tested failure modes and nominal missions. Despite a successful commissioning earlier this week, two potentially hazardous problems resulting from software upgrades were discovered and fixed.

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TEMPO^3: The First Month

by Tom Hill — 2008-09-23 10:34

It's hard to believe that a month has passed since that day in August, when The Mars Society took on TEMPO3 as their latest project. The last four weeks have been spent pulling a team together, and getting word out to the world that the project is underway. Progress has been made on several fronts, but much remains to do.

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German Mars Society's MIRIAM Flight Simulation Test 1 Completed

by Alex Kirk — 2008-09-23 10:58

The MIRIAM Instrument Pod, Service Module and Camera Module each underwent a complete flight simulation test cycle on September 18 at our own lab and the DLR field center Oberpfaffenhofen.

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German Mars Society's MIRIAM Works Out Bugs In Pre-Flight Test

by Hannes S. Griebel — 2008-09-17 10:12

The MIRIAM Service Module and Camera Module were vibration tested last Friday, September 12, at IABG's Space Test Center of Ottobrunn, Germany.

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In Memoriam: MDRS Veteran Grant Waller

by Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto — 2008-09-11 10:03

Grant Waller, a veteran of MDRS Crew 59 and father of founding member Stacy Sklar, succumbed to cancer Monday evening.

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SpaceX Hiring For Texas Facility

by Alex Kirk — 2008-09-10 09:42

Mars Society member Derek Andreas, who has been working at SpaceX's Texas Test Site since February, is looking to recruit fellow members of the Society to work at that facility, as well as in other positions throughout the SpaceX organization.

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Apply Now For The 8th Season Of The Mars Desert Research Station

by Alex Kirk — 2008-09-10 10:25

The Mars Society is now seeking crew members for the 8th season of field operations at the Mars Desert Research Station, scheduled to run between November 2008 and April 2009. Come and join one of the world's longest-running and most successful space simulation projects!

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Presidential Debate Produces Focus On Space Policy - Contact The Candidates Now!

by Alex Kirk — 2008-08-26 12:33

Since the Space Debate that took place at the recent Mars Society convention in Boulder on August 14th, there has been an unprecedented amount of discussion about space policy coming from the candidates and their campaigns. While this sudden flurry of space support is indicative of how tight this race has become, it is also a tremendous opportunity for the space community to make sure that humans to Mars will become the official policy of an Obama or McCain administration.

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ARCHIMEDES News: Magnetic Field Simulation Test Full Success

by Hannes S. Griebel — 2008-08-24 16:47

Dear Friends of Project ARCHIMEDES, on Friday, August 22, Miriam's Instrument Pod was successfully tested at IABG's Magnetic Field Simulation Facility near Munich, the largest of its kind in the world.

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Photo Gallery From 11th Annual International Mars Society Convention Available

by Alex Kirk — 2008-08-20 10:32

Member Ben Huset, who was responsible for filming the presidential space debate at the convention, has now made a gallery of still photos from the convention available on the web.

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Tom Hill's TEMPO^3 Microsatellite Announced Winner of Mars Project Challenge

by Alex Kirk — 2008-08-19 15:12

After receiving the highest number of votes cast by members of the Mars Society and the endorsement of the Steering Committee, Hill's concept to launch a microsatellite that will test artificial gravity generation techniques - which will be of immense value to the crew of a six-month flight to Mars - was named the winner of the MPC Saturday evening at the 11th Annual International Mars Society Convention.

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Video of Presidential Space Debate Available On Mars Society Web Site

by Alex Kirk — 2008-08-15 16:04

A full streaming video recording of last night's presidential space debate, moderated by space journalist Leonard David and featuring Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham for Senator John McCain's side and former NASA Associate Administrator Lori Garver for Senator Barack Obama's side, is now available on the Mars Society web site.

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