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Australian Capital Territory Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia

Meeting Information

MSA ACT hosts a range of events from time to time, including dinners, guest speakers, field trips, and quiz nighhts.  For details please email

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Telephone
0418401612

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New South Wales Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia

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Northern Territory Branch Coordinator
Mars Society Australia, Inc.

Meeting Information

If you are enthusiastic about human space activities and exploration, especially Mars, join the Mars Society Australia and participate in our highly motivating events. Contact the MSA Secretary for more details.

Telephone
08 9295 6466

Greetings Martians on Earth! The Queensland Chapter of Mars Society Australia is now back in the swing of things! 

We recently had our first meeting for the new year last Tuesday the 15th of January, where we saw the ceremonial handover of leadership from Shaun Strong to myself, Chris Andrews. 

Coming up in the MSA QLD branch this year will see a new Bi-monthly podcast series with ambitions for LIVE streaming, that will feature: 

  • The Latest Space News 
  • The Latest Mars Society News 
  • Interviews & Guest Speakers
  • Spaceman asks the Public 
  • How to get involved 

The podcast is a joint production between the Mars Society Australia QLD chapter and my good friend Nate Edwards at Tesla Entertainment. 

You can check out the podcast promotional video on our new Youtube page (www.youtube.com/marssocietyaustralia), please feel free to head on over and show your support by subscribing and commenting on the videos.

The Youtube channel will also be home to a new Lecture series, that once a month will see a new expert come on board and talk through a wide range of subjects from Science, Engineering, Astronomy and much more! 

If you have any stories or events you would like to be featured, do not hesitate to contact me through qld@marssociety.org.au

Also in our schedule, we plan to host many Presentations, meet-ups, Field trips as well as planning ways to increase our membership and raise awareness to the general public. 

I am very excited to be apart of this great International movement, and look forward to the new year ahead of us. I encourage those that live in QLD and Brisbane in particular to come and join in and contribute in any way you can. 

On to Mars!

Queensland Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Australian Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia

Meeting Information

WHAT:  Are you interested in space exploration? Dream of a future amongst the stars? Our first step is Mars. 

Exploration, research and development, the latest discoveries, issues and philosophy which may impact on exploration of Mars.

A warm welcome is extended to everyone interested in Mars or space exploration.  Feel free to join us after the presentation.

For those who would like to join in, some people purchase a meal, e.g. share pizzas.

WHERE: Nova Systems, 27-31 London Road, Mile End South  SA  5031 

WHEN:   Sunday 6:00PM - 8:00PM

If you require further information, contact Marcia 0481 093 877

Sunday 7th May 2017 Free Public Lecture - Dr Patrick Neumann, Chief Scientist, Neumann Space Pty Ltd “Mars and Back on a Tank of Fuel: Pulsed Cathodic Arc Thruster Missions to Mars”

Abstract: Missions to return samples from Mars and its moons have been discussed for many years, with increasing interest coming as part of NASA’s Mars mission plans. Robotic missions to return Martian material would serve as testbeds for technologies needed in future manned missions, and
thus reduce the risks faced by astronauts in their journeys.  A large part of the technical challenge involved in such a mission is the propulsion system; the sheer quantity of fuel needed for such a mission is staggering if one uses chemical fuels.  Recent developments in electric propulsion could alter the equation, making this type of mission more technically feasible.  This talk will discuss the challenges inherent in this type of mission, before describing the performance benefits available when choosing various electric propulsion technologies over chemical thrusters.

Bio: Paddy studied aerospace engineering and physics as an undergraduate, gaining bachelor’s degrees in both from the University of Sydney, which is where he first started working with electric propulsion systems. During his honours, masters and doctoral work he has refined the system he inherited, from a system optimised for the study of thin film deposition to one that serves as a testbed for thruster prototypes.

Meeting dates for 2017: February 5th, March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 10th (a week later due to Fathers’ Day), October 8th (a week later due to Labour Day), November 5th, December 3rd

Our last events were:

Sunday 4th December 2016 Free Public Lecture (Optional BBQ Cost $7 see details below) - Thomas Callum "Gemini Direct, The Australian entry to the Gemini Mars Mission Design Competition"

The Gemini Mars Mission Competition was an international university challenge set up by the Mars Society this year to develop mission concepts to fly two astronauts past Mars and return them by 2024. Of the 19 teams that applied, 10 were selected to present at the annual Mars Society conference in Washington DC. One of these 10 teams that presented was the Gemini Direct mission plan that was developed by Thomas Cullum of the University of Adelaide as a team of one. Thomas will be representing and extending the Gemini Mars mission presentation that he gave at Washington earlier this year.  

      BBQ is optional

o   BYO drinks plus a plate- salad or dessert or treat

o    Cost: $7 to cover meat (please let us know if you have special dietary requirements, vegan or vegetarian)

o   RSVP booking would be appreciated to assist with numbers

To book or for further information contact Marcia on 0481 093 877 or email sa@marssociety.org.au

 

Sunday 6thNovember 2016 Free Presentation – Savannah McGuirk LIVE VIA SKYPE including Q&A "A Martian Landscape on Earth"

It might be a long way to Mars, but there are places to study Mars on Earth. With a cold, dry, alpine environment and very little vegetation, the Indian Himalayas are a pretty close fit. In August 2016, an expedition to Ladakh for a Spaceward Bound expedition incorporated scientists, professionals and teachers from all over the world, all of whom were engaged in space research, projects or education. While some were searching for microbes in the hot springs, others took samples and examined the grain size in sand dunes and patterned ground. Savannah will discuss the geomorphologyof Ladakh as a Mars analogue on Earth.

Sunday 9th October 2016 Free Public Lecture – Dr Eriita Jones “How can we find water on Mars (and why are we looking?)”

Any liquid water on present-day Mars is hidden from view within the Martian regolith, but we can still find clues to where it is, and where it existed in the past.  Come along to this talk to discover why there is so much interest in finding past and present liquid water environments on Mars, whether Mars could really support life, and how learning about Mars can teach us about Earth.

Booking : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-can-we-find-water-on-mars-and-why-are-we-looking-tickets-28282155689

 

September 11th 2016 Free Public Lecture - Associate Professor Victor Gostin “Was there water and life on Mars?” 

Exciting discoveries are continually being made on our sister planet, Mars. NASA's rovers plus orbiting satellites have revealed many, often unexpected features. Having discovered water-ice in the subsoil in many places, the search for life [fossil/modern] continues, as detailed plans are made regarding the next landing site. This talk will present a few of the many exciting features of planet Mars that have just been published. Booking: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/was-there-water-and-life-on-mars-with-associate-professor-victor-gostin-tickets-26363490911

August 14th 2016 Free Public Lecture - Dr Graziella Caprarelli “Looking for Ice in Unlikely Places”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 and geological processes responsible for the existence of ice on the surface of the planet during different periods of its geological history, and present new insights into the likelihood and distribution of cold and wet microenvironments of astrobiological potential. Booking: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/looking-for-ice-in-unlikely-places-with-dr-graziella-caprarelli-tickets-26362600247 

Meeting dates for 2016

February 7th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd,  August 14th, September 11th, October 9th, November 6th, December 4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Branch Coordinator
Telephone
0481 093 877

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Tasmanian Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia

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Victorian Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia

Meeting Information

The Victorian branch meets semi-regularly in central Melbourne for specific Mars related events.  If interested in joining our email list, send your details to the contact listed above. 

Branch Coordinator

"Home of the Starchaser Marsupial Manned Rover"

Welcome to the Western Australian Branch of the Mars Society Australia, Inc. By joining in and following the MSA's activities, you will become a vital part of the Mars Society's goal to make a new home for Humankind on the Red Planet, Mars. Major projects of the Western Australian branch include the Starchaser Marsupial Manned Rover and the Centre for Planetary and Space Studies.

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