First Mars Society European Convention

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Registration Opens for 4th International Mars Society Convention

Registration is now open for the 4th International Mars Society  Convention, to be held August 23-26, 2001 at Stanford University,  Stanford, California

The Mars Society was founded to further the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet. The International Mars Society  convention presents a unique opportunity for those interested in Mars  to come together and  discuss technology, science, social  implications, philosophy and a  multitude of other aspects of Mars  exploration.

Highlights of the convention will include reports from the second  field season of the Devon Island Flashline Mars Arctic Research  Station; status reports from the Analog Rover teams; panels and  debates concerning key issues bearing on Mars exploration and  settlement; and keynote addresses from many prominent leaders of the  effort to get humans to Mars.

Prior conventions have drawn thousands of participants from all over  the world and received extensive press coverage in many of the leading  international media. The Stanford location blends a beautiful  campus with a leading-edge innovative community in the San Francisco  Bay area. This year's conference should be the most exciting event to  date.

Conference Sessions:

  1. The Search for Life on Mars
  2. The latest findings from Global Surveyor
  3. Plans for the Mars Missions of 2001 and 2003
  4. The cross contamination threat- myth or reality?
  5. Concepts for Future Robotic Mars missions
  6. Piloted Missions to Mars
  7. Advanced Propulsion  
  8. Launch Vehicles for Mars Exploration
  9. Long Range Mobility on Mars
  10. Life Support technology
  11. Biomedical issues in Mars Exploration
  12. Options for Producing power on Mars
  13. Methods of Martian Construction  
  14. In Situ Resource Utilization
  15. Water on Mars - accessing the hydrosphere
  16. Concepts for a Permanent Mars Base
  17. Colonizing Mars
  18. Terraforming - Creating an ecology for Mars
  19. Analog studies relating to Mars Exploration
  20. The Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station  
  21. The Mars Analog Rover project
  22. Human factors impacting a mission
  23. Engineering for acceptable risk
  24. The value of Mars exploration to the Earth  
  25. Public policy and Mars Exploration
  26. Concepts for Privately Funded Mars Missions
  27. International Cooperation in Mars exploration
  28. Law and Governance for Mars
  29. Social Systems for Mars
  30. The Significance of the Martian Frontier
  31. Philosophical Implications of Mars Exploration.
  32. Mars and Education
  33. Mars and the Arts
  34. Outreach Strategy for the Mars Society
  35. Proposed Projects for the Mars Society
  36. Martian Calendars and Timekeeping Systems


4th International Mars Society Convention - Call For Papers

Presentations for the convention are invited dealing with all matters  (science, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.)  associated with the exploration and settlement of Mars. Abstracts of  no more than 300 words should be sent by June 15th, 2001 to: The Mars  Society, P.O. Box 273, Indian Hills 80454, or sent via email to: (email submission preferred). 

First Mars Society European Convention - Call For Papers

The First Mars Society European Convention will be held the 28, 29 and  30th (morning) of September 2001 in Paris, at the " Palais de la  Decouverte " (av. Franklin D.Roosevelt, 75008-Paris). This conference  is organized by the Planete Mars Association, the French chapter of  the Mars Society, with support from other European chapters of the  Mars Society and from the French Association for Aeronautics and  Astronautics (AAAF).

Lecturers (and attendees) from all over the world are welcome ! Note  that the convention will be held the week-end just before the IAF  congress in Toulouse (France). So this is an opportunity to stay a few days in Paris for those attending the IAF.

Sessions will cover the following topics :

1 Discovering the planet - Geology, water, volcanism, climate, lessons  for planetary evolution. 2 Mars and Life - Past and future research, life in extreme  conditions. 3 Robotic exploration - Next missions. 4 Man to Mars - Travel, medical aspects, exploration, terraforming. 5 The Mars Society projects 6 Mars exploration promotion and education

Abstracts between 300and 700 words in Word for PC (format .doc or  .rtf) without drawings or pictures and in Times New Roman 12, have to  be sent before the 15th of April to the program committee chairman at and to the convention organization  committee at

The abstracts will mention the presentation title, the authors names,  the organization or company if wished, the address, phone number and  e-mail address, the proposed session number.

The abstract language may be English or French. The language for the  presentations will be English. The foreseen duration for each   presentation will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions.

Conference Registration Form

Conference fees for this year's convention remain at the 2000 level. A  limited number of dormitory rooms are available on the Stanford  campus. Dorm rooms may be booked only as a package for the four nights of the conference and include catered lunches and one  additional dinner. They are priced at an extremely attractive rate.  Please book and pay for your dorm room along with your conference  registration.  You can register online at or by  printing out and mailing in the form below.

MARS SOCIETY CONVENTION August 23-26, 2001 Stanford University, Stanford, California Registration Information



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Type of registration (circle amount):

Full conference registration before 6/30/01 - $180 Full conference registration after 6/30/01 - $240 Student/senior conference registration - $60 Student/senior conference registration with banquet - $110

(Members may deduct dues paid AFTER 8/13/2000 from conference fees)

Optional Dormitory Registration (circle amount):

Single Room - $230 ($57.50 per night) Double Room - $179 ($44.75 per night)

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Mail registration to The Mars Society, P.O. Box 273, Indian Hills, CO  80454, USA, or send via fax to 303-980-0753. Online registration is  available at


For the last several years, local chapters of The Mars Society have  had extensive success talking to their members of Congress, as well as Congressional staff. As a result, numerous influential individuals  in D.C. know us.

Unfortunately, these efforts, as well as our message, have not yet  been consistent enough to have a major impact on national space  policy. To remedy this, The Mars Society is now going to launch  "Operation Congress." This will be a coordinated national effort to  motivate chapters to speak to their Congressional representatives  within their congressional districts. When chapters meet with their  representatives, they will emphasize the following message:

1. That the U.S. space program needs a real goal, and that goal should be humans to Mars in the near future.

2. That Congress should start the ball rolling now by creating a line  item to use 1percent of NASA's budget (roughly $140 million per year)  to fund the development of technologies to enable the human  exploration of Mars.

While chapters are talking with their members of Congress, the  Outreach Task Force will be trying to utilize many of the influential  contacts we made last year during the campaign. Hopefully the  combination of these efforts will force our line-item onto the 2002  budget.

We will be incorporating this message into our "Briefing Book," and  will be providing other materials to help in these efforts (sample  letters, instructions, etc.)

It is important that we mobilize now, while the Congress is new, and  agendas have not hardened. Various factions are maneuvering behind the scenes to predetermine NASA's next major goal after Space Station. The alternatives are (a) Shuttle II (which has already kicked off with the Space Launch Initiative), or (b) Return to the Moon for two  decades, represented in the latest NASA HQ "Decadal Plan." If humans  are to go to Mars in our lifetime, those favoring that goal need to  speak up now.

All chapters should start setting up meetings to speak to their local  congressional representatives. Report all meetings to the Outreach  Task Force. E-mail addresses for the Task Force are as follows:

Chris Carberry, (Massachusetts)

Joe Webster, (Washington, D.C.)

Alan Rubin, (Massachusetts)

Derek Shannon, (California)

Brian Frankie, (California)

Shannon Russell, (Massachusetts)


The three university-based Mars Society Pressurized Rover Project  design teams have been working around their various school schedules  and making progress. Each team is required to report to the project  manager (Tom Hill, at bi-weekly on their  progress. These reports are published upon receipt on the project web  site at The team leaders'  email addresses are listed on that page as well. Those wishing to join their efforts should feel free to contact them.

The following reports represent project status as of January 20, 2001.

Australia - Australia's rover is part of a larger effort devoted to  creating a Mars Analog in the outback. The team has procured a 4WD  minivan vehicle, which they will strip down and place a new shell over to create a mobile habitat. Their publicity efforts span the  continent.

ARES - This team is truly international, bringing universities  together from the US and Canada. They have secured facilities near MIT to work on their vehicle, and raised over $20,000 in funds. They  plan to modify a Humvee by adding a new shell over it to create an  analog pressurized rover.

Michigan - This team has taken on the largest project, building a  rover from the frame up from scratch. Their first meeting drew over  150 interested students, and their location in one of the factory  centers of the United States should give them plenty of resources.

A major milestone for the teams occurs during the first week of April, when the Society will conduct a progress review.

For further information on the rover project, Operation Congress, or  the 2001 convention, see our website at www.marssociety .org or  contact   


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