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ASRC 2016 Registration Now Open

ASRC 2016 logoRegistration is now open for the 16th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC), to be held at RMIT's City Campus in Melbourne on 26-28 September.  The conference will bring together space researchers and other interested people from across Australia, with talks on a wide range of subjects, including a Mars stream coordinated by MSA, and a human factors stream. This year's David Cooper Memorial Lecture will be presented by Dr James Waldie.  The conference banquet venue is the historic Old Melbourne Gaol, and will be held on the evening of Monday 26th September.

Discount registration rates are available to MSA members here -...

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Free Public Lecture in Adelaide - BOOKED OUT!

NOTE - This lecture has now been booked out. Reservations are still available for the SA branch's September lecture

"LOOKING FOR ICE IN UNLIKEY PLACES' by Dr Graziella Caprarelli

Join us on an interplanetary trip to experience how scientists explore Mars to find buried ice and ancient frozen lakes

Sunday 14th August 2016 at 6 pm at Nova Systems, 27-31 London Road, Mile End South SA  5031

The present day Martian surface is cold and hyper-arid. Currently water ice is present at polar and sub-polar latitudes, and various models show that an ice ground-table is globally stable at variable depths. Geological, geomorphological and astronomical evidence however, indicate that ice was likely much more ubiquitous on Mars. In this presentation Graziella will highlight the physical conditions for ice and water stability on the surface of Mars and at depth, illustrate the astronomical...

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Australian Researchers and Students Partner with India to Study a Mars Analogue Sites in the Himalayas

Mars Society Australia is partnering with Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, India to conduct the first Spaceward Bound astrobiology field expedition in Himalayan region of Ladakh in India from August 09-19, 2016.  This event is under the auspices of the Spaceward Bound program, originally conceived at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Participants include researchers and educators from Australia, US, Europe and India (including from University of New South Wales, Australian Centre for Astrobiology, The Australian National University NASA Ames, NASA JPL, and Lulea Technical University, Sweden).   The Ladakh is a high altitude cold desert that supports life despite aridity, cold, high levels of solar and cosmic radiation, and informs us of the possible origin and history of life on Earth, Mars, and other bodies in the Solar system. It is an ideal...

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Searching for Life with the SpaceX Dragon, IceBreaker and BRINE

Red DragonThe Mars Society Australia and the Space Association of Australia would like to invite you to a public event at the Mail Exchange Hotel 688 Bourke Street, Melbourne at 7pm on Friday 24th June.  

SpaceX’s recent announcement that it intends to land a Falcon Heavy-launched Dragon 2 spacecraft on the surface of Mars opens up many possibilities for landing heavier payloads on the planet. At the same time, the US Congress directed NASA to search for life in the outer solar system.  Both of these developments indicate a paradigm shift in both the way and what NASA explores in the solar system.  In 2012 and 2013 NASA's Ames Research Center undertook a series of studies using Dragon on Mars, defining possible payloads, which included deep drills for astrobiology...

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MSA President Dr Jon Clarke Joining 80 Day MDRS & Flashline Missions

The Mars Society (US) is pleased to announce a new mission, Mars 160, using both of the organization’s analog research stations. This program will involve the same seven person crew doing similar science operations for the same period of time – 80 days – initially at the ...

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