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#1 2001-09-05 11:24:50

From: London, United Kingdom
Registered: 2001-09-04
Posts: 642

Re: Who calls the shots?

I have to say that I'm a bit confused as to exactly who is controlling and funding the Translife mission. According to this MSNBC report, Elon Musk and his Life to Mars Foundation are calling all the shots - they're the ones funding it, and I quote from the article:

Musk made clear that the Life to Mars Foundation would be in charge of the missions it chose to support, but added that “we’d like to have participation from the Mars Society and probably from the Planetary Society,” as well as other space groups.

Zubrin then says:

“We would be delighted to collaborate with Elon and the Life to Mars Foundation, or to collaborate with NASA, or anyone else who would like to devote resources,” Zubrin said. “We’re going to be raising money to do this, and we’re going to do it.”

So far so good. But then I read on the Mars Society homepage the bold claim, Mars Society Launches Translife Mission Project, which isn't completely true. The news story also makes no mention of Elon Musk or the Life to Mars Foundation.

I'm nothing less than delighted that the Translife Project is going ahead, but if the MSNBC report is correct then the Mars Society is perhaps being a little misleading to the public with its claim that they are running the show.

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#2 2001-09-05 14:24:05

Registered: 2001-09-04
Posts: 26

Re: Who calls the shots?

I'm concerned about this too. The article in SpaceRef ( discussed some possible tension developing along these lines.

"While Zubrin had made repeated references to his desire for the Mars Society to participate in this mission (presumably with Musk's financial support), Musk was curiously silent in that regard. Only when asked after his formal presentation by an audience member whether the Mars Society would have a role, did Musk address the issue - or even mention the Mars Society"

I would hope that this project doesn't become jeopardised by a clash of egos. Efficient collaboration is going to be extremely important in the future for getting privately financed missions to work. Let's all cross our fingers.


#3 2001-10-01 12:45:35

Alexander Sheppard
Registered: 2001-09-23
Posts: 178

Re: Who calls the shots?

Indeed... I second this. Although I think that this society's goals are well, its individual interest is totally second to the overall goal of Mars exploration. The Mars Society should definitely mention Elon Musk when it talks about the Translife. I also want the Mars Society to participate, but you can't lie like they have been on the front page.


#4 2002-04-30 23:29:55

Joe Spencer
From: San Diego, CA
Registered: 2002-04-28
Posts: 6

Re: Who calls the shots?

Here Here.

Total agreement.  While it may look good as a headline, the last thing needed in a delicate lobby like ours is misread headlines. 

I hope, as you do, that tensions will ease and logic will prevail.  Collaborating on a project of this magnitude would be beneficial to all parties involved, without someone trying to make themselves Caesar of the First Galactic Mouse Colony (sorry it's late here...had to post it hehe.)

Anyway, Zubrin has a good head on his shoulders, as does should work out fine.


Joe Spencer
The Mars Society- San Diego Chapter

Looking Forward (and upward!),

Joe Spencer
Member, The Mars Society
San Diego, CA


#5 2003-09-24 03:13:28

From: india
Registered: 2003-09-14
Posts: 169

Re: Who calls the shots?



#6 2004-11-09 09:26:05

From: Belgium
Registered: 2003-11-03
Posts: 3,658

Re: Who calls the shots?

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#7 2004-11-09 11:04:25

From: New Hampshire
Registered: 2004-07-22
Posts: 21,242

Re: Who calls the shots?

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#8 2005-02-09 14:03:16

From: UK
Registered: 2004-09-07
Posts: 2

Re: Who calls the shots?

WRT the Translife project, and speaking as a member of the International Steering Committee (ISC) of the Mars Society:

1. The project was originally initiated by the Mars Society.
2. MIT were initially assigned as project managers, with their team reporting into the Society's ISC. Shortly thereafter, GWU and UQ (Australia) joined the project
3. During 2002 gaps opened between the Mars Society and MIT, with the MIT project team taking the project more and more in their own direction.
4. At the time the project was initiated, Elon Musk was not involved in either the Mars Society or the project itself, therefore the bulletin published by the Mars Society remains correct in not mentioning him, as it is an historical document, rather than a "live" status report.
5. As it stands, Translife as a project is defunct. MIT is currently co-ordinating a project called the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Mission, which is divorced from both the Mars Society and somewhat removed from the original Translife concept. At this point it time, it is fair to say it is unclear whether the MGBS will result in an actual mission.
6. The Mars Society and Mars Society UK are engaged on moves to re-invigorate the original concepts of Translife and develop a project that will result in a flyable mission.

Hope this clarifies things.


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