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#126 2022-05-14 19:18:44

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Executive Director James Burk will be a guest on TheSpaceShow with Dr. David Livingston:

Broadcast 3862 James Burk | Tuesday 17 May 2022 700PM PT
Guests: James Burk
James talks The Mars Society, his new leadership position and lots more

All Space Shows are free and open to the public.

The show will be recorded and made available from the Space Show archive.

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#127 2022-05-18 18:39:08

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MDRS Offering Special Mars Program for High School Students this October

The Mars Desert Research Station invites high school students who either attend public school or are home-schooled to apply for an exciting week-long program at the Mars Society's Utah-based analog facility from October 24-28, 2022.

Participants will spend five days in a simulation to live and explore the geology and biology around the station as if they were on Mars. While there will be some activities involving space engineering and rocketry, the majority of what participants will focus on is field science and exploration.

MDRS has never before offered this type of opportunity to high schoolers, so we are very excited about this on-site program. All participation fees have been waived, but students must cover their travel expenses to and from the MDRS campus.

Students who are interested in attending should submit three letters via email to MDRSapplications@marssociety.org. One letter should be from the student and should explain their interest in the program and how it aligns with their future goals. The next should be from a parent or guardian, introducing MDRS management to their child. The third should be from a teacher or the parent who is homeschooling the child, explaining how this experience will fit into their school requirements and plans for the future.

Please note that applicants will be accepted until May 22, 2022. Those selected will be notified by May 27th. If you have questions, please contact srupert@marssociety.org. Please do not request general information about the station, as those details available on our website and social media platforms, but specific questions about the program are welcome.

Thank you, and please feel free to forward this email to others who might be interested in the program.


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#128 2022-05-18 18:45:00

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Gee if only I could turn back the hands of time as I would definitely want to go....

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#129 2022-05-23 18:05:48

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OK SpaceNut .... here's an opportunity!

Hiring: Assistant Director (for remote research station in Utah)

The Mars Society is seeking applications from highly qualified people for management positions at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, the largest and longest-running Mars analog facility in the world.  The station is set amid some of the most spectacular landscapes you will ever see, and researchers come from all over the world to work here.

We are looking for assistant directors beginning in October 2022.  You must be able to work in the U.S. and possess a high level of written/spoken English fluency.  This position is for in-person work only.  We are looking for people who can commit to working at MDRS six months a year, although we might consider someone looking to work for three months each year.  Work is generally assigned by the academic quarter.

MDRS is a remote research station.  The nearest town of Hanksville, Utah is eight miles away and has very limited services.  In addition, when researchers are working on campus, there is little interaction with them or other people so the job at times can be lonely and isolating.  It is important that applicants understand this kind of lifestyle and know that it is a good fit for them before applying.

In addition, the work itself can at times be physically and mentally demanding, and staff frequently have to handle things alone.  Proactivity in work habits is mandatory. In addition, the job requires wearing multiple hats on a daily basis, so flexibility and a positive attitude are a must.

Successful applicants should have the following skills and experiences:

Passion for the goal of getting humans to Mars and for space in general
A college degree, preferably in science or engineering
Experience in remote field work.  While most research done at MDRS is Mars or space related, we welcome applications from people who have experience living and working in remote areas
Experience teaching or training groups for specific tasks or disciplines
A solid foundation in the maintenance of facilities, and the ability or willingness to learn to do to a variety of handyman type things
Previous analog astronaut, greenhouse or astronomy experience a plus
While this is not a job for the faint of heart, it is a very rewarding job.  Housing and utilities are provided on campus, as is a truly magnificent sky at night.

Those interested in being considered should send their resumes and a letter of interest to mdrsapplications@marssociety.org. Questions about the positions should be addressed to Dr. Shannon Rupert at srupert@marssociety.org.


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#130 2022-05-26 10:53:03

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For NewMars members who may know a high school student ...

Mars Society Invites High School Students to Apply to its Mars Mission Design Class & Competition

The Mars Society is inviting high school students from around the world to apply to its Mars Mission Design Class & Competition this summer.

The virtual class will be a unique experience, allowing high school students from around the world to take part in an educational activity modeled on the design course now practiced by the best world-wide university engineering departments.

A university design class differs greatly from a typical college class. Instead of being taught some material by a professor and then being tested on it, students in an engineering design class are provided background and then asked to work together as a team – or group of teams - to try to design some new technology. For example, a class may be asked to design a new fighter aircraft that needs to meet a difficult set of requirements and be divided into sub-teams each responsible for a different area, such as aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and weaponry.

Optimizing any of these necessarily conflicts with the rest. For example, stronger structures add weight, which takes away mass that could be used for propulsion or weapons and doing anything better nearly always adds to cost.  So, in addition to handling their own area as well as they can, the sub-teams must try to work out the best possible compromise to produce the best overall result. Frequently a number of university engineering classes are given the same problem to solve, and compete against each other’s designs, which really makes the whole thing a great deal of fun.

This summer, the Mars Society is organizing a global competition along these lines, but open to high school students, and with the topic not being the design of a fighter aircraft or nuclear reactor, but of the first human exploration mission to the Red Planet.

Here’s how it is going to work. The 6-week course will be done online allowing participation from students anywhere in the world to take part. The class will consist of three elements:

1.      Lectures by leading experts in areas of science and engineering relevant to the means and goals of human Mars exploration and assignment of supporting readings. This will prepare the students for the next parts.

2.      The organization of students into design teams, comparable to those in a university engineering design class, charged with designing a human mission to Mars. The ground rules are that it is assumed that they have a mission enabled by the delivery of 30 metric tons of useful payload to the Martian surface, plus an ascent vehicle capable of returning up to five astronauts from the Martian surface to Earth. The students will need to design the surface mission, including its habitat, surface vehicles, scientific instruments, power system and other equipment and supplies, crew size and composition, mission location, scientific objectives, rations, duration, and exploration plan. The designs of each team will be written up in a report, which each team member responsible for authoring a section.

3.      The teams will then compete their designs in a contest, involving live presentations in front of a panel of expert judges, with winners chosen based on technical and scientific merit. The course will run from the beginning of July through mid-August (2022). Tuition fee to the course will be nominal a $50, making it possible for students for all economic levels to participate. Students who contribute a section to a design report will receive a certificate attesting to their participation, useful for augmenting their college entry applications.

The best Mars mission designs will be published by the Mars Society in a book, which will be available for sale in both paperback and kindle forms on Amazon.com.

If you are a student and would like to sign up, you can do so by filling out this online form. Please note that the deadline for applying is Wednesday, June 15th, 5;00 pm MT.

A group of eminent instructors, including NASA scientists and commercial space executives, have already been lined up to give the talks, but we can use more! We also need coaches for the design teams and judges for the contest. If you are someone who would like to help out by serving as a lecturer, coach, or judge, please let us know by signing up here.

Students: This is your chance to not only have some fun while learning a lot, but also to get involved in Mars exploration and have your ideas on how we should explore Mars published!

Professionals: This is your opportunity to not only help a bunch of bright students get into science, but to make educational history by demonstrating the value of a new and much more creative way to teach science at the secondary school level than is currently being practiced.

So don’t wait! Sign up today!



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Lakewood, CO 80215 U.S.A.
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#131 2022-05-30 19:01:57

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New Mars Society Ambassador Program Launched to Promote Public Outreach

The Mars Society is pleased to announce the establishment of its new Mars Society Ambassador program in an effort to expand public awareness of the importance of planning human Mars exploration and settlement.

Led by veteran public speaker and author James Melton, the Mars Society Ambassador program is assembling a team of dedicated volunteers, beginning in North America and eventually moving beyond, to speak knowledgably about the concept of humans-to-Mars to organizations, schools, and public forums. This will include making use of professionally made PowerPoint and video presentations, as well as prepared scripts and talking points, to effectively connect with the public.

“Many people are not aware of the phenomenal, real-world missions now underway to the Moon, Mars, and other solar system destinations. We want our Mars Society Ambassadors to help boost the public’s understanding of the current plans for humanity to become a spacefaring civilization,” said James Melton, Chief Mars Society Ambassador.

Those interested in serving as a Mars Society Ambassador on behalf of the organization can apply by reviewing the program requirements in the Ambassador Manual Brief and completing the online application, both of which are found on our web site.

Once accepted, participants will receive virtual training by Mars Society Ambassador program management on how to create a powerful presentation by using the Ambassador Manual. As the title - “Extreme Urgency” - states, it will become evident as to why humanity must go to Mars and why it should be now.

Mars Society Executive Director James Burk added regarding this new initiative, “It's important that we get out there and tell the story of human beings exploring and settling Mars, for the benefit of all humanity...  It's an inspiring, adventure-filled journey that resonates with people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Our Mars Society Ambassadors will reach new audiences and recruit new supporters for our mission to create a permanent human presence on the red planet.”

Assist the Mars Society in igniting a spark among people to become more curious and excited about humanity’s future in space, starting on the planet Mars, by getting involved in our Mars Society Ambassador program today!

For full details on how you can participate in this new and exciting public outreach initiative organized by the Mars Society, please click here. To learn more about the Mars Society and its mission, visit: https://www.marssociety.org.

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#132 2022-05-31 17:54:20

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Sponsorship Opportunities with the 2022 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society will be holding its 25th Annual International Mars Society Convention October 20-23, 2022, this year in-person, at Arizona State University in Tempe (outside Phoenix).

The Mars Society has held its international convention every year since 1998. Our last on-site event was convened in 2019 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with approximately 400 people in attendance and 100 speakers over the course of the four-day event.

Facing the global pandemic, Mars Society leadership decided to go virtual for its 2020 and 2021 conventions. In addition to hearing key scientists, commercial space executives, government officials, and members of the media discuss Mars and space exploration, attendees were able to network with each other and the speakers using a variety of virtual tools including a conference session scheduling application, chat and collaboration tools, and virtual networking tools.

This year's convention, marking a quarter of a century, will be a combination of both formats, with both in-person and virtual attendees, allowing for continued expansion of our public and online audience, with the same state-of-the-art virtual options and networking tools.

Last year, we had over 5,000 people joining us to watch the convention online, and we expect more this October, in addition to the usual hundreds of people attending the event in-person in Arizona.

Sponsors involved in supporting our international convention will receive a first-class presence in our event experience and will also be mentioned across our print and online materials leading up to and during the conference. There will be three primary levels of sponsorship - Gold, Silver, and Bronze - $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

For more details about this year's convention sponsorship options, please visit: https://bit.ly/39JE3Tn, and for general information about the convention and the Mars Society, go to: https://www.marssociety.org. Please email James Burk, Mars Society Executive Director, at: jburk@marssociety.org with any questions.

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#133 2022-06-05 17:16:33

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University of Michigan wins URC Competition at MDRS

U of Michigan Wins URC Competition at MDRS!
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MARS SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENT

U of Michigan Wins URC Competition at MDRS!

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that the Michigan Mars Rover Team (University of Michigan) has won the 2022 University Rover Challenge, the world’s premier Mars robotics competition for college students, with 388.97 points! Way to go, Wolverines!

Coming in second place was the Monash Nova Rover (Monash University, Australia) with 380.55 points, and third place was taken by the Mars Rover Design Team (Missouri University of Science & Technology) with 370.71 points.

All 36 student teams did a wonderful job in remaining highly competitive while managing with the difficult southern Utah heat over the course of the three-day rover challenge held at the Mars Desert Research Station.

The Mars Society would like to express its sincere appreciation to the URC management & volunteer team led by Kevin Sloan, along with the event's generous corporate sponsors, including Protocase, Mastercam, Relativity, Symbotic, and the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics, for helping to make this annual rover challenge possible.

For full details about this year’s URC, including the scores of all student teams involved, please visit https://urc.marssociety.org.

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#134 2022-06-08 20:22:42

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MARS SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENT
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ONE WEEK LEFT for High School Students to Register for the Mars Mission Design Class & Competition

The Mars Society is inviting high school students from around the world to apply to its Mars Mission Design Class & Competition this summer.

The virtual class will be a unique experience, allowing high school students from around the world to take part in an educational activity modeled on the design course now practiced by the best world-wide university engineering departments.

A university design class differs greatly from a typical college class. Instead of being taught some material by a professor and then being tested on it, students in an engineering design class are provided background and then asked to work together as a team – or group of teams - to try to design some new technology. For example, a class may be asked to design a new fighter aircraft that needs to meet a difficult set of requirements and be divided into sub-teams each responsible for a different area, such as aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and weaponry.

Optimizing any of these necessarily conflicts with the rest. For example, stronger structures add weight, which takes away mass that could be used for propulsion or weapons and doing anything better nearly always adds to cost.  So, in addition to handling their own area as well as they can, the sub-teams must try to work out the best possible compromise to produce the best overall result. Frequently a number of university engineering classes are given the same problem to solve, and compete against each other’s designs, which really makes the whole thing a great deal of fun.

This summer, the Mars Society is organizing a global competition along these lines, but open to high school students, and with the topic not being the design of a fighter aircraft or nuclear reactor, but of the first human exploration mission to the Red Planet.

Here’s how it is going to work. The 6-week course will be done online allowing participation from students anywhere in the world to take part. The class will consist of three elements:

1.      Lectures by leading experts in areas of science and engineering relevant to the means and goals of human Mars exploration and assignment of supporting readings. This will prepare the students for the next parts.

2.      The organization of students into design teams, comparable to those in a university engineering design class, charged with designing a human mission to Mars. The ground rules are that it is assumed that they have a mission enabled by the delivery of 30 metric tons of useful payload to the Martian surface, plus an ascent vehicle capable of returning up to five astronauts from the Martian surface to Earth. The students will need to design the surface mission, including its habitat, surface vehicles, scientific instruments, power system and other equipment and supplies, crew size and composition, mission location, scientific objectives, rations, duration, and exploration plan. The designs of each team will be written up in a report, which each team member responsible for authoring a section.

3.      The teams will then compete their designs in a contest, involving live presentations in front of a panel of expert judges, with winners chosen based on technical and scientific merit. The course will run from the beginning of July through mid-August (2022). Tuition fee to the course will be nominal a $50, making it possible for students for all economic levels to participate. Students who contribute a section to a design report will receive a certificate attesting to their participation, useful for augmenting their college entry applications.

The best Mars mission designs will be published by the Mars Society in a book, which will be available for sale in both paperback and kindle forms on Amazon.com.

If you are a student and would like to sign up, you can do so by filling out this online form. Please note that the deadline for applying is Wednesday, June 15th, 5;00 pm MT.

A group of eminent instructors, including NASA scientists and commercial space executives, have already been lined up to give the talks, but we can use more! We also need coaches for the design teams and judges for the contest. If you are someone who would like to help out by serving as a lecturer, coach, or judge, please let us know by signing up here.

Students: This is your chance to not only have some fun while learning a lot, but also to get involved in Mars exploration and have your ideas on how we should explore Mars published!

Professionals: This is your opportunity to not only help a bunch of bright students get into science, but to make educational history by demonstrating the value of a new and much more creative way to teach science at the secondary school level than is currently being practiced.

So don’t wait! Sign up today!


The Mars Society
11111 West 8th Avenue, unit A
Lakewood, CO 80215 U.S.A.
www.marssociety.org
https://www.facebook.com/TheMarsSociety
@TheMarsSociety

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#135 2022-06-13 18:25:01

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48 HOURS Left to Apply for Mars Society's Virtual Mars Mission Design High School Summer Class

The Mars Society is inviting high school students from around the world to apply to its Mars Mission Design Class & Competition, which begins in early July. 

The virtual class, with a June 15th deadline for applying, will be a unique experience, allowing high school students from around the world to take part in an educational activity modeled on the design course now practiced by the best world-wide university engineering departments.

A university design class differs greatly from a typical college class. Instead of being taught some material by a professor and then being tested on it, students in an engineering design class are provided background and then asked to work together as a team – or group of teams - to try to design some new technology. For example, a class may be asked to design a new fighter aircraft that needs to meet a difficult set of requirements and be divided into sub-teams each responsible for a different area, such as aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and weaponry.

Optimizing any of these necessarily conflicts with the rest. For example, stronger structures add weight, which takes away mass that could be used for propulsion or weapons and doing anything better nearly always adds to cost.  So, in addition to handling their own area as well as they can, the sub-teams must try to work out the best possible compromise to produce the best overall result. Frequently a number of university engineering classes are given the same problem to solve, and compete against each other’s designs, which really makes the whole thing a great deal of fun.

This summer, the Mars Society is organizing a global competition along these lines, but open to high school students, and with the topic not being the design of a fighter aircraft or nuclear reactor, but of the first human exploration mission to the Red Planet.

Here’s how it is going to work. The 6-week course will be done online allowing participation from students anywhere in the world to take part. The class will consist of three elements:

1.      Lectures by leading experts in areas of science and engineering relevant to the means and goals of human Mars exploration and assignment of supporting readings. This will prepare the students for the next parts.

2.      The organization of students into design teams, comparable to those in a university engineering design class, charged with designing a human mission to Mars. The ground rules are that it is assumed that they have a mission enabled by the delivery of 30 metric tons of useful payload to the Martian surface, plus an ascent vehicle capable of returning up to five astronauts from the Martian surface to Earth. The students will need to design the surface mission, including its habitat, surface vehicles, scientific instruments, power system and other equipment and supplies, crew size and composition, mission location, scientific objectives, rations, duration, and exploration plan. The designs of each team will be written up in a report, which each team member responsible for authoring a section.

3.      The teams will then compete their designs in a contest, involving live presentations in front of a panel of expert judges, with winners chosen based on technical and scientific merit. The course will run from the beginning of July through mid-August (2022). Tuition fee to the course will be nominal a $50, making it possible for students for all economic levels to participate. Students who contribute a section to a design report will receive a certificate attesting to their participation, useful for augmenting their college entry applications.

The best Mars mission designs will be published by the Mars Society in a book, which will be available for sale in both paperback and kindle forms on Amazon.com.

If you are a student and would like to sign up, you can do so by filling out this online form. Please note that the deadline for applying is Wednesday, June 15th, 5;00 pm MT.

A group of eminent instructors, including NASA scientists and commercial space executives, have already been lined up to give the talks, but we can use more! We also need coaches for the design teams and judges for the contest. If you are someone who would like to help out by serving as a lecturer, coach, or judge, please let us know by signing up here.

Students: This is your chance to not only have some fun while learning a lot, but also to get involved in Mars exploration and have your ideas on how we should explore Mars published!

Professionals: This is your opportunity to not only help a bunch of bright students get into science, but to make educational history by demonstrating the value of a new and much more creative way to teach science at the secondary school level than is currently being practiced.

So don’t wait! Sign up today!

The Mars Society
11111 West 8th Avenue, unit A
Lakewood, CO 80215 U.S.A.
www.marssociety.org
https://www.facebook.com/TheMarsSociety
@TheMarsSociety

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#136 2022-06-17 19:45:08

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Deadline Extended for Mission to Mars Design Course & Competition

The Mars Society is extending the deadline to register for our Mars Mission Design Class & Competition, which begins in early July. 

The virtual class will be a unique experience, allowing high school students from around the world to take part in an educational activity modeled on the design course now practiced by the best world-wide university engineering departments.

A university design class differs greatly from a typical college class. Instead of being taught some material by a professor and then being tested on it, students in an engineering design class are provided background and then asked to work together as a team – or group of teams - to try to design some new technology. For example, a class may be asked to design a new fighter aircraft that needs to meet a difficult set of requirements and be divided into sub-teams each responsible for a different area, such as aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, and weaponry.

Optimizing any of these necessarily conflicts with the rest. For example, stronger structures add weight, which takes away mass that could be used for propulsion or weapons and doing anything better nearly always adds to cost.  So, in addition to handling their own area as well as they can, the sub-teams must try to work out the best possible compromise to produce the best overall result. Frequently a number of university engineering classes are given the same problem to solve, and compete against each other’s designs, which really makes the whole thing a great deal of fun.

This summer, the Mars Society is organizing a global competition along these lines, but open to high school students, and with the topic not being the design of a fighter aircraft or nuclear reactor, but of the first human exploration mission to the Red Planet.

Here’s how it is going to work. The 6-week course will be done online allowing participation from students anywhere in the world to take part. The class will consist of three elements:

1.      Lectures by leading experts in areas of science and engineering relevant to the means and goals of human Mars exploration and assignment of supporting readings. This will prepare the students for the next parts.

2.      The organization of students into design teams, comparable to those in a university engineering design class, charged with designing a human mission to Mars. The ground rules are that it is assumed that they have a mission enabled by the delivery of 30 metric tons of useful payload to the Martian surface, plus an ascent vehicle capable of returning up to five astronauts from the Martian surface to Earth. The students will need to design the surface mission, including its habitat, surface vehicles, scientific instruments, power system and other equipment and supplies, crew size and composition, mission location, scientific objectives, rations, duration, and exploration plan. The designs of each team will be written up in a report, which each team member responsible for authoring a section.

3.      The teams will then compete their designs in a contest, involving live presentations in front of a panel of expert judges, with winners chosen based on technical and scientific merit. The course will run from the beginning of July through mid-August (2022). Tuition fee to the course will be nominal a $50, making it possible for students for all economic levels to participate. Students who contribute a section to a design report will receive a certificate attesting to their participation, useful for augmenting their college entry applications.

The best Mars mission designs will be published by the Mars Society in a book, which will be available for sale in both paperback and kindle forms on Amazon.com.

If you are a student and would like to sign up, you can do so by filling out this online form. Please note that the deadline for applying is Wednesday, June 22nd, 5;00 pm MT.

A group of eminent instructors, including NASA scientists and commercial space executives, have already been lined up to give the talks, but we can use more! We also need coaches for the design teams and judges for the contest. If you are someone who would like to help out by serving as a lecturer, coach, or judge, please let us know by signing up here.

Students: This is your chance to not only have some fun while learning a lot, but also to get involved in Mars exploration and have your ideas on how we should explore Mars published!

Professionals: This is your opportunity to not only help a bunch of bright students get into science, but to make educational history by demonstrating the value of a new and much more creative way to teach science at the secondary school level than is currently being practiced.

So don’t wait! Sign up today!

The Mars Society
11111 West 8th Avenue, unit A
Lakewood, CO 80215 U.S.A.
www.marssociety.org
https://www.facebook.com/TheMarsSociety
@TheMarsSociety

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#137 2022-06-17 19:47:07

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MARS SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENT

Mars Society to Participate in 2022 Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas

The Mars Society has accepted an invitation from The 56-Year Mission Las Vegas (previously Star Trek Las Vegas) to participate in this year’s event, scheduled for August 25-28 at Bally’s Hotel & Casino.

Organized and managed by Creation Entertainment, the Las Vegas-based annual Star Trek convention will include a line-up of approximately 100 actors, such as William Shatner (“Captain Kirk”), involved in the historic science fiction television and film series.

Supervised by Mars Society staff and volunteers, the organization will manage its own vendor booth during the four-day conference, which will include Mars Society brochures, program info sheets and organizational swag, as well as Mars-related displays and interactive presentations.

By participating in The 56-Year Mission, the Mars Society is seeking to educate and excite a wider public audience about the importance of long-term human Mars exploration and settlement.

In addition to its planned exhibit, the Mars Society is working in conjunction with program supervisors to arrange several public talks and panel discussions, to coincide with the four-day event, about space exploration, plans for humanity’s future on Mars and other space-related subjects.

To learn more about The 56-Year Mission: Las Vegas, including how to register, please click here. A few more volunteers to help oversee the Mars Society’s planned four-day exhibit are also welcomed and can sign up by contacting Michael at mstoltz@marssociety.org.

We hope you’ll be able to join us this August in Las Vegas for this fun event, and remember… Live Long & Prosper and On to Mars!

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#138 2022-06-17 19:52:05

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Participate in our 2022 Mars Society Poster Contest

Use Your Creativity to Commemorate the 25th
Annual International Mars Society Convention!

The Mars Society held its first international forum a quarter of a century ago in Colorado bringing together dozens of leading scientists and members of the global space community to discuss plans for a human mission to the planet Mars.

This year, the Mars Society will be holding its 25th Annual International Mars Society Convention at Arizona State University on October 20-23, recruiting similar high-level space and science experts to participate in plenary talks, panel discussions, and public debates in order to lay out where we are now and what the future holds in terms of human Mars exploration and settlement.

To help mark this special occasion, Mars Society management is inviting members, friends, students, space advocates, and the general public from around the world to submit a design for consideration as part of its annual Mars Society poster competition.

The winning poster design will serve, as always, as the primary graphic to help Mars Society staff promote the organization’s annual international conference.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Searching for Life with Heavy Lift.” Current heavy lift spaceflight options include NASA’s SLS and SpaceX’s Starship, both capable of carrying large payloads into orbit, to the Moon and on to Mars. This expanded capacity opens the door to a wide range of robotic and human exploratory missions to the red planet, significantly increasing the chances of finding ancient or present life on Mars. 

The deadline for submitting a poster design is Thursday, June 30th, 5:00 pm MST. Artwork submissions should be sent via email to: postercontest@marssociety.org. Please also use this address for any questions related to the contest and/or the submission process.

Technical requirements for the contest are as follows: 1) The poster size should be 11″ x 17″, 2) There are no restrictions with regard to use of color, 3) If your poster is selected, the designer will need to submit a full color poster as well as a gray-scale copy, and 4) Poster designs can be submitted in Photoshop or as a .pdf file (the former is preferred). The winning poster design will be announced by the Mars Society during the week of July 11th.

Thank you for your involvement, good luck, and we hope you’ll be able to join us at this year’s international convention! For details, please visit: www.marssociety.org.

Use of Image: Artist gives permission to The Mars Society to use digital images(s) of art work in online and print media. Poster Contest Disclaimer: The Poster Contest Artist, by submitting an application, agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Mars Society from and against any and all claims, demands or expenses (including attorney’s fees) for libel, slander, invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright, personal injury, damages, or any other claims, demand or expenses resulting from performance in connection with this agreement.

Winning design (Olivier Gourdon)
2021 Mars Society Poster Contest


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#139 2022-06-20 18:04:39

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Sponsorship Opportunities with the 2022 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society will be holding its 25th Annual International Mars Society Convention October 20-23, 2022, this year in-person, at Arizona State University in Tempe (outside Phoenix).

The Mars Society has held its international convention every year since 1998. Our last on-site event was convened in 2019 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with approximately 400 people in attendance and 100 speakers over the course of the four-day event.

Facing the global pandemic, Mars Society leadership decided to go virtual for its 2020 and 2021 conventions. In addition to hearing key scientists, commercial space executives, government officials, and members of the media discuss Mars and space exploration, attendees were able to network with each other and the speakers using a variety of virtual tools including a conference session scheduling application, chat and collaboration tools, and virtual networking tools.

This year's convention, marking a quarter of a century, will be a combination of both formats, with both in-person and virtual attendees, allowing for continued expansion of our public and online audience, with the same state-of-the-art virtual options and networking tools.

Last year, we had over 5,000 people joining us to watch the convention online, and we expect more this October, in addition to the usual hundreds of people attending the event in-person in Arizona.

Sponsors involved in supporting our international convention will receive a first-class presence in our event experience and will also be mentioned across our print and online materials leading up to and during the conference. There will be three primary levels of sponsorship - Gold, Silver, and Bronze - $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

For more details about this year's convention sponsorship options, please visit: https://bit.ly/39JE3Tn, and for general information about the convention and the Mars Society, go to: https://www.marssociety.org. Please email James Burk, Mars Society Executive Director, at: jburk@marssociety.org with any questions.


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#140 2022-06-28 17:41:59

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New Mars Society Ambassador Program Launched to Promote Public Outreach
The Mars Society <info@marssociety.org>

Mon, Jun 27 at 12:12 PM

MARS SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENT
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New Mars Society Ambassador Program Launched to Promote Public Outreach

The Mars Society announced last month the establishment of its new Mars Society Ambassador program in an effort to expand public awareness of the importance of planning human Mars exploration and settlement.

Led by veteran public speaker and author James Melton, the Mars Society Ambassador program is assembling a team of dedicated volunteers, beginning in North America and eventually moving beyond, to speak knowledgably about the concept of humans-to-Mars to organizations, schools, and public forums. This will include making use of professionally made PowerPoint and video presentations, as well as prepared scripts and talking points, to effectively connect with the public.

“Many people are not aware of the phenomenal, real-world missions now underway to the Moon, Mars, and other solar system destinations. We want our Mars Society Ambassadors to help boost the public’s understanding of the current plans for humanity to become a spacefaring civilization,” said James Melton, Chief Mars Society Ambassador.

Those interested in serving as a Mars Society Ambassador on behalf of the organization can apply by reviewing the program requirements in the Ambassador Manual Brief and completing the online application, both of which are found on our web site.

Once accepted, participants will receive virtual training by Mars Society Ambassador program management on how to create a powerful presentation by using the Ambassador Manual. As the title - “Extreme Urgency” - states, it will become evident as to why humanity must go to Mars and why it should be now.

Mars Society Executive Director James Burk added regarding this new initiative, “It's important that we get out there and tell the story of human beings exploring and settling Mars, for the benefit of all humanity...  It's an inspiring, adventure-filled journey that resonates with people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Our Mars Society Ambassadors will reach new audiences and recruit new supporters for our mission to create a permanent human presence on the red planet.”

Assist the Mars Society in igniting a spark among people to become more curious and excited about humanity’s future in space, starting on the planet Mars, by getting involved in our Mars Society Ambassador program today!

For full details on how you can participate in this new and exciting public outreach initiative organized by the Mars Society, please click here. To learn more about the Mars Society and its mission, visit: https://www.marssociety.org.

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#141 2022-07-03 13:01:24

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Celebrate our 25th Annual International Mars Society Convention!

As the world’s largest space advocacy group dedicated to humans-to-Mars, the Mars Society has been bringing together key scientists, researchers, commercial space executives, government representatives, and journalists to discuss the latest news about human Mars exploration and settlement, as well as cutting-edge topics in space exploration, science, and technology.

For the last two years, due to the pandemic, our international conference has been virtual only, resulting in a significant online audience. Earlier this year, Mars Society leadership announced a return to our usual in-person public convention, to be held Thursday-Sunday, October 20-23, 2022 at Arizona State University in Tempe (outside Phoenix).

For those unable to join us in person in Arizona, we will have an option to attend the convention virtually for a modest fee.  The event organizers will ensure that similar virtual tools used in the two most recent conventions will be available to allow remote attendees to watch the sessions, ask questions of the speakers in real time, and network with other attendees in new ways.

In addition to being our first in-person event in two years, we will also be marking the 25th year of convening our International Mars Society Convention, with exciting plenary talks, panel discussions, and public debates, as well as our special Saturday evening banquet.

The conference will also feature the face off of the ten finalists of the Telerobotic Mars Expedition Design Competition, whose teams were challenged to design a robotic flotilla that could be carried out using a human-class Mars surface lander with a 10-ton payload capacity, allowing the maximum possible science return while doing the most to prepare for human Mars missions to follow.

The theme of this year’s international convention will be “The Search for Life on Mars”, with many discussions on how this can best be carried out by both robotic and human explorers in the coming decade.

“We are so excited to be commemorating our 25th annual Mars Society convention this October, with leading members of the space, science, business, academic, and government communities talking about all the hot topics concerning Mars, the search for life in our solar system, the latest spaceflight technology, and much more,” said Mars Society Executive Director James Burk.

To register online for our 2022 International Mars Society Convention, please click here. Also those interested in serving as a convention sponsor should contact jburk@marssociety.org for more details.

Call for Papers

Presentations for the 25th Annual International Mars Society Convention are invited, dealing with all matters associated with the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet, including science, technology, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.

Abstracts between 100-300 words can be uploaded on our convention web site (https://forms.gle/FgA5zohhdeWfeVpQ8). Please note that the deadline for abstract submissions is August 31, 2022.


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