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#51 2021-08-13 21:13:58

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Be a Sponsor of the 2021 International Mars Society Convention!

The Mars Society invites sponsors to support the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled to be held virtually October 14-17, 2021.

Last year's online Mars Society convention was a record-breaking success, with 1 million live stream viewers and over 10,000 attendees. 150 speakers gave presentations and also participated in panel discussions and public debates.

The four-day virtual event will feature a variety of key speakers in the fields of government, business, academia, military, media, and philanthropy who will make presentations on all aspects related to Mars and cutting-edge topics in space exploration, science, and technology.

Sponsors will have multiple opportunities to connect with the attendees using the convention's virtual platform, including person-to-person video chat, text messages, sponsored posts, and even sponsored sessions during the event.

There are also a variety of placements inside the convention application, including the virtual exhibition hall where sponsors will have a full profile and ability to share literature and videos about their products and services.

Participating speakers will appear once again 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.

For complete details about convention sponsorship opportunities, please visit: https://bit.ly/3CEirlf.

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#52 2021-08-16 18:20:47

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Helicity Space Co-Founder to Address Mars Society Convention about Fusion Drive Concept

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Setthivoine You, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Helicity Space, will discuss his company’s Helicity Drive, a novel fusion drive concept, during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, set for October 14-17, 2021.

Helicity Space is developing an in-space fusion propulsion and power technology, critical to enabling humanity’s access to the solar system, with a Helicity Drive-powered flight to Mars expected to take two months, without planetary alignment.

Dr. You received his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in physics from the Imperial College London, and spent 18 years involved in experimental and theoretical research in plasma physics at the University of Washington, CalTech, and the University of Tokyo before entering the private sector.

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 in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.

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Call for Papers

Presentations for the 2021 Virtual Mars Society Convention are invited dealing with all matters (science, technology, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.) associated with the exploration and human settlement of the planet Mars.  Abstracts between 100-300 words can be uploaded at the Mars Society convention registration site (https://lnkd.in/e-XKGGR). Please note that the abstract submission deadline is August 31, 2021.
   
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#53 2021-08-23 17:16:44

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For NewMars members who might be thinking about making a presentation at this year's virtual convention:

Please note that the abstract submission deadline is August 31, 2021.

Mars InSight PI Bruce Banerdt to Provide Update to 2021 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. William “Bruce” Banerdt, Principal Investigator for NASA’s Mars InSight lander, will give an update about its mission, accomplishments, and status during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, set for October 14-17.

A veteran scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1983, Dr. Banerdt supervises InSight’s efforts to study the deep interior of the planet Mars, including its crust, mantle, and core. Using state-of-the-art instruments, the lander has also detected over 500 Marsquakes during its nearly three years on the Martian surface.

Dr. Banerdt’s research interests include the formation and evolution of Mars, geophysical studies of Mars, the Moon, Venus, Mercury, and moons of the outer planets, deformation of planetary surfaces, planetary interior structure and processes, gravity analyses, and planetary seismology.

During his tenure at JPL, Dr. Banerdt has received numerous awards, including the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Award, the JPL Magellan Award, the JPL People Leadership Award, and the Editor’s Award for Excellence (Journal of Geophysical Research). Dr. Banerdt also has a B.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Southern California.

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 in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.

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Call for Papers

Presentations for the 2021 Virtual Mars Society Convention are invited dealing with all matters (science, technology, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.) associated with the exploration and human settlement of the planet Mars.  Abstracts between 100-300 words can be uploaded at the Mars Society convention registration site (https://lnkd.in/e-XKGGR). Please note that the abstract submission deadline is August 31, 2021.

The Mars Society
11111 West 8th Avenue, unit A
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www.marssociety.org
https://www.facebook.com/TheMarsSociety
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#54 2021-08-24 12:06:39

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MARS SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENT
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Join Us This Thursday on Red Planet Live for a Discussion about Careers in STEM!

Do you have a strong interest in pursuing a career in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related field?

Are you a young adult following a traditional path and getting ready to take your first steps at the university level or perhaps you’re already well on your way?

Maybe you are a more seasoned adult looking to pivot to STEM after already pursuing other career choices?

Red Planet Live, a monthly video blog organized by the Mars Society and hosted by Ron Craig, is going to explore both options, although much of the episode will focus on the more non-traditional path leading to a STEM career.

As our global community works towards making humanity multi-planetary and with the planet Mars firmly in its crosshairs, more and more passionate individuals like you will need to participate in  STEM fields in order to achieve this goal.

Watch Red Planet Live on Thursday, August 26th at 6:00 pm PT / 9:00 pm ET when Ron speaks with Nancy Atkinson, Dr. Brian Keating, Susan Holden Martin, and Matt Williams about their own educational and career journeys as well as how best to follow in their footsteps into the world of STEM.

We invite you to watch our live video podcast on YouTube at: https://bit.ly/3y5KxCz. For questions, please email: ron@roncr.com. Thank you, and we hope you’ll enjoy and benefit from this interesting episode.

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For SpaceNut .... Mr. Craig might be interested in one or two of the prospective presentations our members are developing.

He might be willing to consider drafts that fall short of what might be expected for a full 30 minute video with questions.

Exposure on his blog might provide a way to reach potential helpers who otherwise would be unaware of the work in progress here.

I'm thinking about OF1939, RobertDyck and GW Johnson.

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#55 2021-08-26 12:19:52

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Be a Sponsor of the 2021 International Mars Society Convention!

The Mars Society invites sponsors to support the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled to be held virtually October 14-17, 2021.

Last year's online Mars Society convention was a record-breaking success, with 1 million live stream viewers and over 10,000 attendees. 150 speakers gave presentations and also participated in panel discussions and public debates.

The four-day virtual event will feature a variety of key speakers in the fields of government, business, academia, military, media, and philanthropy who will make presentations on all aspects related to Mars and cutting-edge topics in space exploration, science, and technology.

Sponsors will have multiple opportunities to connect with the attendees using the convention's virtual platform, including person-to-person video chat, text messages, sponsored posts, and even sponsored sessions during the event.

There are also a variety of placements inside the convention application, including the virtual exhibition hall where sponsors will have a full profile and ability to share literature and videos about their products and services.

Participating speakers will appear once again 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.

For complete details about convention sponsorship opportunities, please visit: https://bit.ly/3CEirlf.


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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I have no idea what qualifies an organization to become a sponsor, but hope someone might investigate and report.

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#56 2021-08-28 12:44:19

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NASA Senior Astrobiologist Penny Boston to Speak during 2021 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Penelope “Penny” Boston, Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the Ames Research Center in California, will give a virtual plenary talk during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 14-17. The title of her address will be “Astrobiology by Any Other Name… What Do We Mean by a Search for Something as Undefined as ‘Life’?”

Dr. Boston leads the NAI in fulfilling its mission to perform, support, and catalyze collaborative interdisciplinary astrobiology research, train the next generation of astrobiologists, provide scientific and technical leadership for astrobiology space mission investigations, and develop new information technology approaches for collaborations among widely distributed investigators.

Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Boston founded and directed the Cave and Karst Studies Program at New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico in 2002, where she also served as a professor and led their Earth and environmental sciences department as chair. She also served from 2002 to 2016 as associate director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, a congressionally mandated institute in Carlsbad, New Mexico. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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 in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.

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Call for Papers

Presentations for the 2021 Virtual Mars Society Convention are invited dealing with all matters (science, technology, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.) associated with the exploration and human settlement of the planet Mars.  Abstracts between 100-300 words can be uploaded at the Mars Society convention registration site (https://lnkd.in/e-XKGGR). Please note that the abstract submission deadline is Tuesday, August 31th at 5:00 pm MT.


The Mars Society
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Lakewood, CO 80215 U.S.A.
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https://www.facebook.com/TheMarsSociety
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#57 2021-09-01 18:11:23

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Blue Origin Gift at work!

Mars Society to Hire Full-Time Executive Director

The Mars Society announced today that it is looking to hire a full-time Executive Director for the organization.

The Mars Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration and human settlement of the planet Mars.

With thousands of members and dozens of chapters around the world, the Mars Society operates two Mars analog stations where crews carry out research and test methods of Mars field exploration on Earth. The organization also convenes annual conferences and science competitions, conducts STEM educational outreach programs, publishes books, and engages in policy work.

Those considering applying for the position of Executive Director should:

Be passionate about the need for a human future as a space-faring civilization.
Be able to carry out fund-raising through grant writing, corporate sponsorship, and high-level networking.
Be able to lead and coordinate volunteers and chapters involved in a wide range of activities.
Have non-profit management and/or business experience.
Consideration will be given to applicants who have had a long-standing relationship with the Mars Society, as well as people who are new to the group.

The position will be located in Colorado. Occasional travel may be required, and salary is negotiable based on professional experience and educational background.

For those interested in applying for Executive Director, please send a cover letter and resume to: xdapplications@marssociety.org.

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#58 2021-09-01 18:13:07

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Depending upon how the Landing Site Probe project unfolds, a new Executive Director might arrive in time to manage it.

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#59 2021-09-04 17:22:52

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UAE Hope Mars Project Director Omran Sharaf to Address 2021 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Omran Sharaf, Project Director of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hope Mars orbiter, will give a virtual presentation about the spacecraft’s mission and accomplishments during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 14-17.

Mr. Sharaf and his team at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai have worked on the project since its inception, focusing on developing, launching, and operating the Hope Mars orbiting probe, as well as developing the necessary capabilities and partnerships at MBRSC.

An experienced electronics and systems engineer, who trained in the U.S. and South Korea, Mr. Omran was responsible for developing and implementing the Command & Data Handling Subsystem for the Dubai Sat-1 high resolution LEO imaging satellite.

Prior to the Hope Mars mission, he served as Director of the Programs Management Department at MBRSC, which was responsible for defining new strategic programs, the project management office, and the product and mission assurance functionalities of the Centre.

Mr. Omran earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2005 and a Master's degree in Science and Technology Policy from the Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) in South Korea in 2013.

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 in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.

The Mars Society
11111 West 8th Avenue, unit A
Lakewood, CO 80215 U.S.A.
www.marssociety.org
https://www.facebook.com/TheMarsSociety
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#60 2021-09-07 15:01:56

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This is a repeat .... I think it is worth re-posting because the right person can allow GW Johnson's initiative to succeed ...

Mars Society to Hire Full-Time Executive Director

The Mars Society announced recently that it is looking to hire a full-time Executive Director for the organization.

The Mars Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration and human settlement of the planet Mars.

With thousands of members and dozens of chapters around the world, the Mars Society operates two Mars analog stations where crews carry out research and test methods of Mars field exploration on Earth. The organization also convenes annual conferences and science competitions, conducts STEM educational outreach programs, publishes books, and engages in policy work.

Those considering applying for the position of Executive Director should:

Be passionate about the need for a human future as a space-faring civilization.
Be able to carry out fund-raising through grant writing, corporate sponsorship, and high-level networking.
Be able to lead and coordinate volunteers and chapters involved in a wide range of activities.
Have non-profit management and/or business experience.
Consideration will be given to applicants who have had a long-standing relationship with the Mars Society, as well as people who are new to the group.

The position will be located in Colorado. Occasional travel may be required, and salary is negotiable based on professional experience and educational background.

For those interested in applying for the Executive Director role, please send a cover letter and resume to: xdapplications@marssociety.org.

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

Copyright (c) 2021 The Mars Society
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#61 2021-09-09 12:30:16

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NASA Scientist to Outline Mars Subsurface Ice Mapping at 2021 Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Nathaniel Putzig, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Colorado, will give an address about exploring for buried water ice on the planet Mars during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 14-17.

As deputy team leader for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Shallow Radar (SHARAD) instrument, Dr. Putzig will present the latest results from the Mars Subsurface Water Ice Mapping (SWIM) Project, which involves peering into the subsurface of Mars with radar and other methods to better understand where ice might be located outside of the planet’s polar regions, an important resource to support future human missions to the Red Planet.

In addition, he has been involved in science operations for numerous Mars exploratory missions, including Mars InSight, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express (ESA), Mars Global Surveyor, Phoenix Mars Lander, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Science Laboratory, and Mars Exploration Rover.

Dr. Putzig has a Bacehlor’s degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master’s degree in Geophysics from Rice University, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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 in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.
   
The Mars Society
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www.marssociety.org
https://www.facebook.com/TheMarsSociety
@TheMarsSociety

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This talk might be of interest to any NewMars members who might be designing equipment to look for water on Mars.

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#62 2021-09-10 11:13:29

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Next on Red Planet Live: Let’s Talk Mars Society Tech & Chapters!

We invite you to check out our Red Planet Live video podcast (episode 4) on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:00 pm PT / 9:00 pm ET for an inside look at some of the exciting technology that the Mars Society is currently working with!

During the first half of the program, our host, Ron Craig, will interview James Burk, Mars Society IT Director and Steering Committee Member, about some of the technology initiatives that he and his team are spearheading, including the MarsVR project, the innovative aspects of the organization’s virtual convention in October, and the uses of the Marscoin currency.

Later in the show, Ron will launch an informative panel discussion about the latest activities, programs, and outreach efforts being carried out by Mars Society chapters in the U.S., Brazil, and Canada, just a few of the 55 chapters in total around the world.

Participating will be:

Evan Plant-Weir from Mars Society Canada
Dr. Julio Rezende of Mars Society Brazil
Scott Davis of Mars Society NorCal (Northern California)
So much to fit into just one hour (we may have to go longer!), but we’re sure you’ll find it very interesting. And remember we'll be answering your questions throughout the program, so get ready!

To watch live streaming of our Red Planet Live program on September 14th, please visit: https://bit.ly/3txTDYi (YouTube) or https://bit.ly/3nkCJek (Linkedin).

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#63 2021-09-13 20:04:34

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Maria Antonietta Perino to Assess LEO-Moon-Mars Exploration Plans at Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Maria Antonietta Perino, Thales Alenia Space Italia’s Director of Space Economy Exploration & International Network, will be making a virtual presentation entitled “Exploration: From LEO to the Moon and Mars” during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 14-17, 2021.

Ms. Perino joined Thales Alenia Space Italia in 1986, where she has been responsible for the major programs related to Moon and Mars exploration for the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, including ExoMars and Mars Sample Return.

She is deeply involved with the International Space University as faculty member and serves on the Academic Council. Ms. Perino works to promote the development of young professionals in the global space industry, is author of several publications, papers, and reports, and acts as Co-Editor of Acta Astronautica, a leading peer-reviewed scientific journal.

In addition, she is a member of the Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace and of the International Academy of Astronautics, and former IAF Bureau Vice President. She also serves as President of Explore Mars Europe and was awarded the ‘Women of Excellence 2010’ by AIDDA and recently ‘Stella al Merito del Lavoro’ by the Italian Republic President.

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 in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.


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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#64 2021-09-17 11:22:19

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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 during its 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 14-17, 2021.

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 complete 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.


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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#65 2021-09-17 18:23:25

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speaking of the little helicopter an good question to have an answer on is Nasa going to send more with these next landers or rovers to compliment them with more data soon.
Next would be are they ready to try for a larger version?

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#66 2021-09-22 17:32:26

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Space Economics to be Discussed by Voyager Space’s Dylan Taylor at Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dylan Taylor, Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space, a multi-national space holding firm that acquires and integrates leading space exploration enterprises globally, will address the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention in October on “Economically Sustainable Space Exploration: What is Needed to Open the High Frontier and Mars.”

As an early-stage investor in more than 50 emerging ventures, including Accion, Kepler, York, Astrobotic, Made in Space, Relativity, and Planet, Mr. Taylor is widely considered one of the most active private space investors in the world.

Mr. Taylor’s technical background, global business experience and passion for space make him a unique figure within his industry. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics.

He has also had an extensive philanthropic impact on the space industry. In 2017, Mr. Taylor founded the nonprofit and social movement, Space for Humanity, which seeks to democratize space exploration and develop solutions to global issues through the scope of human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. In addition, he is the Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, which seeks to promote the growth of commercial space activity.

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, 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.

The Mars Society
11111 West 8th Avenue, unit A
Lakewood, CO 80215 U.S.A.
www.marssociety.org
https://www.facebook.com/TheMarsSociety
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#67 2021-09-22 17:41:55

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For Mars_B4_Moon ... please do not read this post !!!

Join Reddit AMA r/SpaceX with Dr. Robert Zubrin

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Zubrin, President & Founder of the Mars Society, will participate in another r/SpaceX AMA on Reddit this Saturday (September 25th) at 2:00 pm ET / 18:00 GMT.

Want to know Dr. Zubrin’s views on current planning for a human mission to the Red Planet or the importance of Mars analog research? Got questions about terraforming Mars or the need for NASA’s Lunar Gateway project? Looking to learn more about the Mars Society and its mission? Then join this AMA hosted by r/SpaceX and put your questions and comments to Dr. Zubrin.

Dr. Zubrin will also provide an update about the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, set for October 14-17, 2021, including how to register and a list of key space experts scheduled to speak.

For more details about the Reddit AMA or to join the chat this Saturday, please visit: https://bit.ly/2ZoALjl. We hope you'll participate.

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#68 2021-09-24 11:23:15

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And now, a word from our sponsor ...

Be a Sponsor of the 2021 International Mars Society Convention!

The Mars Society invites sponsors to support the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled to be held virtually October 14-17, 2021.

Last year's online Mars Society convention was a record-breaking success, with 1 million live stream viewers and over 10,000 attendees. 150 speakers gave presentations and also participated in panel discussions and public debates.

The four-day virtual event will feature a variety of key speakers in the fields of government, business, academia, military, media, and philanthropy who will make presentations on all aspects related to Mars and cutting-edge topics in space exploration, science, and technology.

Sponsors will have multiple opportunities to connect with the attendees using the convention's virtual platform, including person-to-person video chat, text messages, sponsored posts, and even sponsored sessions during the event.

There are also a variety of placements inside the convention application, including the virtual exhibition hall where sponsors will have a full profile and ability to share literature and videos about their products and services.

Participating speakers will appear once again 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.

For complete details about convention sponsorship opportunities, please visit: https://bit.ly/3CEirlf.


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Live Broadcast with AMADEE-20 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, 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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Volunteer Opportunities for 2021 Virtual Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society will be convening (once again) as a virtual event its 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention October 14-17, 2021.

Leading experts from the global space community will be discussing the latest news about exploring Mars and planning for a human mission to the Red Planet.

Mars Society management is looking for some tech-savvy volunteers to help with coordinating certain aspects of the four-day online conference.

If you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer at this year's convention, please contact Carie (cfay@marssociety.org). Thanks and on to Mars!

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UAE Hope Mars Project Director Omran Sharaf to Address Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Omran Sharaf, Project Director of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hope Mars orbiter, will give a virtual presentation about the spacecraft’s mission and accomplishments during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 14-17.

Mr. Sharaf and his team at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai have worked on the project since its inception, focusing on developing, launching, and operating the Hope Mars orbiting probe, as well as developing the necessary capabilities and partnerships at MBRSC.

An experienced electronics and systems engineer, who trained in the U.S. and South Korea, Mr. Omran was responsible for developing and implementing the Command & Data Handling Subsystem for the Dubai Sat-1 high resolution LEO imaging satellite.

Prior to the Hope Mars mission, he served as Director of the Programs Management Department at MBRSC, which was responsible for defining new strategic programs, the project management office, and the product and mission assurance functionalities of the Centre.

Mr. Omran earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2005 and a Master's degree in Science and Technology Policy from the Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) in South Korea in 2013.

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 in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.

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SpaceNukes’ David Poston to Discuss Mars Reactor Technology at Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. David Poston, Co-Founder of Space Nuclear Power Corporation (SpaceNukes), will discuss the company’s plans to evolve its reactor technology to 5-Mwe Mars surface power systems during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 14-17, 2021.

SpaceNukes has developed a simple, step-wise evolutionary approach to high-power systems that is rooted in KRUSTY – the 1-kWe Kilo-power system prototype that was successfully designed and developed in 2018, and was the first successful nuclear-powered test of a space reactor in the U.S. in over 50 years.

Dr. Poston has spent his career at GE Nuclear Energy and the Los Alamos National Laboratory leading the design of small special purpose reactors for government and commercial applications. Numerous failed programs during his career has led Dr. Poston to change his focus from trying to design the best reactor on paper to the best reactor that can realistically be developed and deployed.

He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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 in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.

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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, the full program itinerary, and sponsorship opportunities, 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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there will be a talk on fusion in the upcoming Mars Conference ...

Helicity Space Co-Founder to Address Mars Society Convention about Fusion Drive Concept

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Setthivoine You, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Helicity Space, will discuss his company’s Helicity Drive, a novel fusion drive concept, during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, set for October 14-17, 2021.

Helicity Space is developing an in-space fusion propulsion and power technology, critical to enabling humanity’s access to the solar system, with a Helicity Drive-powered flight to Mars expected to take two months, without planetary alignment.

Dr. You received his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in physics from the Imperial College London, and spent 18 years involved in experimental and theoretical research in plasma physics at the University of Washington, CalTech, and the University of Tokyo before entering the private sector.

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 in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.


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JPL’s Vandi Verma to Discuss Mars Rover Navigation at 2021 Mars Society Convention

Dr. Vandi Verma, JPL Supervisor of Operable Robotics for Mars Perseverance and Mars Curiosity, will provide a virtual update about navigating the two rover missions on the surface of Mars during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, set for October 14-17, 2021.

Dr. Verma joined JPL’s Mobility and Robotics Systems division 14 years ago, with research interest in robotic software that enables autonomy and commanding under uncertainty for coordinated manipulation, mobility, sampling and science.

Since 2008, she has been driving Mars rovers (MER, MSL) and operating the robotic arm and sampling system and is also involved in Perseverance’s current operations on Mars. In addition, she has worked on numerous research robotics projects and has deployed robots in the Arctic, Antarctica and the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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, please click here. Regular updates, including a list of confirmed speakers, will be posted in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.

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, please click here. Regular updates, including a list of confirmed speakers, will be posted in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.

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