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#76 2021-10-06 17:43:49

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Pro-Mars, Pro-Human (Blog)

By Evan Plant-Weir, Senior Writer, Red Planet Bound Blog

There is something curious at the heart of Mars settlement cynicism. Some specific, underlying mindset appears to be driving many critics of humans-to-Mars. Paradoxically, an awareness of that mindset can help us better understand the value of our multi-planetary future.

Have you noticed it?

Their language frequently resonates with a kind of knee-jerk pessimism. It feels like the sort of response usually elicited when somebody is confronted with an idea that they would rather not actually consider.

We pull away reflexively from notions that challenge the biases within us, and I detect a powerful bias within many detractors of a multi-planet future. This isn’t just an artifact of private discussion between laypeople, it can be found in the opinions of those with substantial public reach.

Articles published by otherwise reputable sources of journalism adopt hasty and dismissive postures while questioning the value of red planet settlement. Even from some of the most brilliant and celebrated communicators of science – individuals whom I grew up admiring – that vision has been flippantly brushed aside.

These do not feel like impartial reactions. It is as if the idea that we should go to Mars is an affront to something foundational within their world view, and thus it is discarded without genuine consideration.

Certainly, there are various apparent sources for Mars settlement skepticism.

For many, no doubt, the concept is just too unfamiliar. Civilization on Mars is so far outside the context of present daily life, that it’s no wonder some people respond with disbelief.

Political polarization is sometimes to blame as well. The moment that going to Mars is (incorrectly) perceived as something “the other side” would do, it becomes a default target for partisan disagreement.

Misdirected frustration over economic inequality is also a contributing factor. Billionaires sending rockets into space is readily misunderstood as frivolous and wasteful by those who are unaware of how effective space exploration is at stimulating our economy, generating valuable technology, and creating jobs.

Similarly, the mistaken assumption that going to Mars means side-stepping our responsibilities to Earth, seems to underpin the most heated pushback.

These are among the obvious motivations – whether justified or not – for balking at the idea of a multi-planetary future, but I think there’s something much more interesting and consequential at play.

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#77 2021-10-09 12:38:57

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Presentation on (Non-Crew) Biology Research at MDRS during the Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that a special one-hour virtual presentation entitled “Is There Life Out There: Current Biological Research at the Mars Desert Research Station” (MDRS) in Utah will be held during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention on Friday, October 15th from 7:30-8:30 pm PT.

A group of four experts led by MDRS Director Dr. Shannon Rupert will highlight several long-term research projects that are being conducted at the MDRS facility, including new research looking at distribution of desert varnish, an agroecology project determining best practices in Mars crop production using traditional agricultural methods, a multi-year biodiversity survey of the MDRS ecosystem, and the NASA Spaceward Bound Utah program, celebrating its third cohort of teachers coming to MDRS this month. These projects are not conducted by visiting crews, but rather by teams of dedicated scientists, educators and interns.

Participating in the presentation will be:

+ Dr. Shannon Rupert, educator and ecologist, long-time Director of MDRS, Principal Investigator of the NASA Spaceward Bound Utah program, and lead of the Mars agriculture program.

+ Paul Sokoloff, botanist and researcher at the Canadian Museum of Nature, a member of the Arctic Flora of Canada & Alaska Project, Co- PI of the Mars 160 Project and Co-Lead of the Martian Biology Program.

+ Atila Meszaros, Assistant Director of MDRS, secretary of the Mars Society Latin America, a graduate (biology) of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, and Co-Lead for the desert varnish study.

+ Jen Carver-Hunter, commander and master teacher of the NASA Spaceward Bound Utah program, 5th grade science teacher at Mountain View Elementary School and the 2022 Salt Lake City Teacher of the Year.

Owned and operated by the Mars Society, MDRS is the largest and longest-running Mars analog facility the world, supporting Earth-based research in pursuit of the technology, science, and operations required for the eventual human exploration of the planet Mars. To learn more about MDRS, please visit: www.marssociety.org.

This year’s virtual Mars Society convention will be free of charge (although donations are welcomed). For complete details, including online registration, a list of confirmed speakers, and sponsorship opportunities, please click here. Regular updates will be posted on the coming days on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.


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#78 2021-10-12 17:45:14

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U of Hong Kong Scientist to Discuss China Mars Planning at 2021 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Michalski, an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Science, will give a plenary address on Thursday, October 14th at 8:30 pm PT about China’s plans for exploring the planet Mars during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention. The title of his virtual talk will be “How China’s Exploration Ambitions are Helping to Shape the Future of Mars Exploration.”

As a trained geologist and planetary scientist, Dr. Michalski is involved in mission planning and landing site selection for future missions to Mars, the Moon and other solar system bodies in cooperation with the China National Space Administration.

Dr. Michalski’s field of research focuses on planetary geology, mineralogy, and astrobiology, and involves using remote sensing and spectroscopy as tools to explore the geologic history and habitability of Mars and other planetary objects.

He is also a Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and its Earth 4D Subsurface Science & Exploration Team, and previously served as a Research Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Arizona and the Natural History Museum in London.

This year’s virtual Mars Society convention will be free of charge (although donations are welcomed). For complete details, including how to register online or to view the program itinerary, please click here. Regular updates will be posted in the coming days on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.



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#79 2021-10-13 12:54:45

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Watch the 2021 Virtual Mars Society Convention (Oct. 14-17)!

The Mars Society will be convening the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention as a special virtual event on October 14-17, 2021.

The four-day online forum will bring together leading scientists, government policymakers, commercial space executives, and space advocates to discuss the latest scientific and technological developments and challenges related to the human and robotic exploration of Mars and the eventual human settlement of the Red Planet.

Some of the highlights of the convention include:

A special address by NASA Deputy Administrator Pamela Melroy on "NASA's Path to Mars"
A discussion by NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Jim Green about the future of aerial exploration on Mars
A live broadcast with AMADEE-20 analog staff members in Israel and Austria
An update about NASA’s Perseverance rover mission by Deputy Project Scientist Dr. Katie Stack Morgan
A talk about human space exploration by former NASA astronaut & Tierra Luna Engineering CEO José M. Hernández
An address about terraforming the planet Mars by NASA Ames researcher Dr. Chris McKay
An update about the UAE’s Mars Hope mission by Project Manager Omran Sharaf
A presentation about China’s space program by the University of Hong Kong’s Dr. Joseph Michalski
A talk about possible biosignatures in the atmosphere of Venus by MIT’s Dr. Sara Seager
A discussion by JPL Principal Investigator Elizabeth Turtle about NASA’s Titan Dragonfly mission
Following the Mars Society’s successful 2020 virtual convention, which included over 10,000 attendees, one million live stream viewers, and 150 speakers, the organization will once again use unique technology to not only hold presentations and other lively formats, but to allow people from around the world to participate, posing questions and interacting with one another.

Participating convention speakers will appear via Zoom, while attendees will be able to network with speakers as well as each other using a variety of virtual tools including conference application Attendify by Hopin, chat & collaboration tool Slack, and virtual networking & adhoc video tool Wonder.

This year’s virtual Mars Society convention will once again be free of charge (although donations are welcomed). For complete details, including how to register online or to view the program itinerary, please click here. Regular updates will be posted in the coming days on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.


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Reminder! NewMars Moderator RobertDyck is speaking on Saturday!

He has two session scheduled.... on on the history of the first settlement of NewFoundLand, and the other on Large Ship.

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#80 2021-10-14 08:41:15

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To attend the 2021 Mars Society Convention, register (for free) ...

Online registration for the 2021 International Mars Society Convention is now available (http://bit.ly/2021virtualconvention). Attendance is free of charge, and all are welcome!

Call for Papers

It should be possible to discover the exact time of the presentation by RobertDyck by studying the schedule.

The event itself starts today at Noon California time, or 3 PM Eastern Time.

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#81 2021-10-14 13:18:32

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It appears the conference started at 9 AM California, or Noon Eastern.

No matter!  All events will be saved and viewable at your convenience.

Here is a link to a pdf of the schedule:

https://www.marssociety.org/wp-content/ … hedule.pdf

RobertDyck is on at 4 PM California time, 7 PM Eastern for NewFoundLand

RobertDyck is on at 5 PM / 8 PM for Large Ship ...  note that RopertDyck was given Track E for Large Ship.

I hope that several NewMars members will be able to "attend" his presentation(s) live.

They will definitely be available for later viewing.

I did run into a delay with processing of my registration.  The initial password did not show up, so I had to request a reset, and that worked.

For that reason, I recommend anyone intending to "attend" the presentation(s) by RobertDyck should register and login well ahead of time.

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#82 2021-10-14 17:41:03

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NASA Ingenuity Operations Lead to Give Update at 2021 Mars Society Convention

With NASA-JPL’s Ingenuity helicopter making history on an almost weekly basis with flights above the Martian surface, the Mars Society is pleased to welcome Theodore (Teddy) Tzanetos, Ingenuity Operations Lead, as a virtual plenary speaker on Friday, October 15th (10:00 am PT) during its 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention.

Mr. Tzanetos serves as a Robotics Technologist in JPL’s Robotics Mobility Group, focusing on the Mars science helicopter mission. His expertise involves embedded system development with an emphasis on state estimation for inertial navigation.

Mr. Tzanetos graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering.

This year’s virtual Mars Society convention will be free of charge (although donations are welcomed). For details, including online registration, a list of confirmed speakers, and sponsorship opportunities, please click here. Regular updates will be posted in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.


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The convention is in session Thursday through Sunday.

Register for free tickets at the Mars Society web site.

Be sure to exercise the admission process before any session you might want to "attend".

it may be necessary to ask the admission system to send you a reset password.

Copy that from your email, paste it into the admission form, and you will be good to go.

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#83 2021-10-15 10:56:13

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MARS SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENT
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Mars Society Selects New Chapters Coordinator

The Mars Society is very pleased to announce that Raksha Kammandore Ravi of Melbourne, Australia has been selected to be the organization’s next Chapters Coordinator. She will be responsible for providing support to Mars Society chapters in the U.S. and around the world and assisting with the formation of new chapters.

Raksha is a graduate student studying computer science at the University of Melbourne and is also an intern with the engineering team of the Melbourne Space Program. In addition, she serves as a brand ambassador for Mars Society Australia (Victoria) and Mars University (Australia & India).

The chapters system of the Mars Society is an important component of our public outreach mission, as well as a way for the organization to build community and fellowship in the global movement to promote humans to Mars.

Raksha will work with other senior leadership at the Mars Society and chapter leaders worldwide to expand and grow our chapter and membership base and publicize their activities across the organization and out to the general public.

She will be meeting virtually with chapter leaders and prospective chapter organizers at the upcoming International Mars Society Convention during our semi-annual Chapters Council meeting (via Zoom) on Sunday, October 17th at 6:00 pm PT. Those interested in learning more about the Mars Society’s chapter activities by attending the Chapters Council meeting can access the details on the organization’s web site (www.marssociety.org).

Please join us in congratulating Raksha on her new role! She can be reached via email at: raksha@marssociety.org.


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#84 2021-10-15 11:01:42

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MARS SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENT
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Deputy NASA Administrator Pamela Melroy to Address 2021 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is very pleased to announce that Pamela Melroy, Deputy NASA Administrator, will give a virtual keynote address on Saturday, October 16th at 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET on "NASA's Path to Mars” during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 14-17.

As Deputy Administrator, Ms. Melroy performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated by the Administrator, assists the Administrator in making final agency decisions, and acts for the Administrator in his absence by performing all necessary functions to govern NASA operations. She is also responsible for laying the agency's vision and representing NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of federal and other appropriate government agencies, international organizations, and external organizations and communities.

Ms. Melroy was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program in 1983. As a co-pilot, aircraft commander, instructor pilot, and test pilot, Melroy logged more than 6,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft before retiring from the Air Force in 2007. She is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Just Cause, with more than 200 combat and combat support hours.

Ms. Melroy was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in December 1994. Initially assigned to astronaut support duties for launch and landing, she also worked advanced projects for the Astronaut Office. She also performed Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) duties in mission control. In addition, she served on the Columbia Reconstruction Team as the lead for the crew module and served as Deputy Project Manager for the Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Team. In her final position, she served as Branch Chief for the Orion branch of the Astronaut Office.

One of only two women to command a space shuttle, Ms. Melroy logged more than 38 days (924 hours) in space. She served as pilot on two flights, STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002, and was the mission commander on STS-120 in 2007. All three of her missions were assembly missions to build the International Space Station.

After serving more than two decades in the Air Force and as a NASA astronaut, Ms. Melroy took on a number of leadership roles, including at Lockheed Martin, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Nova Systems Pty, Australia, and as an advisor to the Australian Space Agency. She also served as an independent consultant and a member of the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group.

Ms. Melroy holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This year’s virtual Mars Society convention will be free of charge (although donations are welcomed). For complete details, including online registration and the full program itinerary, please click here. Regular updates will be posted in the coming weeks on the organization’s web site and social media platforms. Please note that the scheduled date/time of the address is subject to change.

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#85 2021-10-16 16:57:54

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Live Conference Report .... The speaker ahead of RobertDyck is a representative of the Catholic Church.

This is a track devoted to non-technical subjects.

The Catholic Church perspective on humans moving away from Earth is interesting (to me at least).  The speaker explained that throughout the history of the Catholic Church, there have been openings of new locations where members of the Church might congregate.  The impression that came across to me is that the Church will continue to provide services to it's members wherever there go.

One brief moment was devoted to the occurrence of the words "Earth" and "World" in the documentation of the Church.  I missed the end of that part of the presentation due to a YouTube video I had started accidently.

The registration process required me to log in again and ask for another password, but ** this ** time it let me choose a password, so perhaps I'll be able to use that password the next time I connect.

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Martian Day .... What is the corresponding Earth Day ?

Online calculator .... Apparently there has been an effort to try to bring about some sort of correlation between the two planets.

Every 37 or 38 days we lose a day because of the longer Martian Sol.

Interesting dilemma.

Update a 19:32 local time after the talk about Newfoundland by RobertDyck.

There was a respectable audience for the talk ... a few people tuned in and stayed, a few started and drifted away ... the number who stayed for the talk and the Q&A was still a good number.

The Mars Society volunteer who headed up the Q&A had prepared well.  A couple of members of the audience pitched questions or comments as well.

There was a reference to an earlier talk by Dr. Charles Cockell, University of Edinborough - Engineering a Free Mars

RobertDyck said he had caught that talk.

A few of the names I saw on the attendance list were:

Bryant Barlow
Bonny Lee Michaelson
Frank Crossman
Susan Ip-Jewell
Adrianne MacLean
James Secosky
Jack Hay
Kay Radzik
Wayne Taylor
Holger Isenberg
Chris Humber
Rene Aquilina
Zac M
John Oldson
Tom Miller
Denis Deschenes

I hope at least ** one ** additional NewMars member will be able to join the live audience for the Large ship talk.

I'm looking forward to seeing some of the images RobertDyck has already shared with the forum, and perhaps a few new ones as well.

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#86 2021-10-16 18:33:36

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Live Broadcast with AMADEE-20 Mission Staff in Austria & Israel during Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that it will be carrying out a live interview with members of the AMADEE-20 mission staff based in Austria and Israel during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 9:00 am PT / 18:00 GMT Austria / 19:00 GMT Israel.

Organized by the Austrian Space Forum (Österreichisches Weltraum Forum) and hosted by the Israel Space Agency, AMADEE-20 is an integrated Mars analog field mission being conducted October 4-31 at D-MARS (Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station) at the Ramon Crater in Israel’s Negev Desert.

The AMADEE-20 simulation will include a crew of highly-trained analog astronauts using sophisticated space suit prototypes for testing in preparation for future use by human explorers on the Red Planet. 200 researchers from 25 countries will be involved in AMADEE-20 research and field studies. Originally scheduled for November 2020, the AMADEE-20 mission was postponed until October 2021 in recognition of COVID-19 concerns and health guidelines.

Members of AMADEE-20’s support staff in Innsbruck, Austria will talk virtually about their role in the mission, while additional support staff working on-site at D-MARS in Israel will provide an update about the crew’s mission and field studies at approximately the mid-way point of their analog program. Questions will also be taken from the convention’s virtual audience during the 30-minute live broadcast.

This year’s virtual Mars Society convention, scheduled for October 14-17, will be free of charge (although donations are welcomed). For complete details, including online registration and the program itinerary, please click here. Regular updates will be posted in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.

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#87 2021-10-16 18:40:54

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Post presentation report ...

The audience for this presentation was quite a bit larger than was the case for Newfoundland.

The high water mark was 35 participants.

As before, some folks joined and others departed.

One persistent person kept pushing the Aldrin Cycler idea, and RobertDyck was quite courteous in gently pushing that idea to the side.

Others were appreciative of the talk.  A Dr. Walt Nilsson was particularly generous in praise.

Alas, no one else from NewMars forum was able to connect.

The slides were ones the NewMars forum has seen, packaged in a single flow, with text slides showing topics such as Food, Waste, etc.

One point that RobertDyck made is new (at least to me) ...

In response to the persistent Cycler fan, RobertDyke suggested the Large Ship could serve as an orbital hotel between Mars trips. That makes a ** lot ** of sense!

Extending that idea a bit.... such a ship could take a sojourn out to the Moon and back.

I do want to point out one familiar name who was present: Bruce MacKenzie!

There was a nice mix of gents and ladies in the audience.

All in all!  Bravo for a well done presentation.

It will be worth the wait for the YouTube version.

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#88 Yesterday 13:06:36

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More post presentation reporting....

The attendee list for the Newfoundland talk (as well as I could transcribe it) included:

Newfoundland Talk
Adrianne MacLean
AltSpaceVR
Bonny Lee Michaelson
Bryant Barlow
Chris Humber
Denis Deschenes
Frank Crossman
Hlger Isenberg
Jack Hay
James Seconsky
John Oldson
Kay Radzik
Rene Aquilina
Susan Ip-Jewell
Tom Miller
Volunteer Mars Society
Wayne Taylor
Zac M

The attendee list for the Large ship talk (again, as well as I could transcribe it) included:

Large Ship Talk
Adrian Boyko
Ahmad Aniss
Amit Ishar
Bill D
Bruce MacKenzie
Catherine Psarakis
Cathrine Chalari
Charles Carpenter
Charles Letherwod
Cherilyn Young, OP
Dave Hamm
Dean Kakazu
Denis Des
Douglas Warshow
Dr. Walt Nilsson
Dusty Greene
Eric Bethke
Gareth Mouter
Greg H
Hugo Barbier
Jaj Ahlburg
Joel McLain
John Manity
Jorge Aponte-Gomexz
Kyle Wiesmore
Lady  Cude
M.K. Borri
Marcus Hervey
Michael Verhulst
Murel McGrath
Nathan Shumer
Rene Schaad
Rick Kwan
Roberto Rodriguez Oero
Ron Friedman
Teal Talon
Tony Vaughn
Wayne Tayor
Wm Leung

Please note that some of the folks listed came in late or left early.

The high water mark was 35 attendees.  The consistent count for most of the 30 minutes was 34.

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