Free Public Lecture - Dr Eriita Jones - How can we find water on Mars (and why are we looking?)

Sunday 9th October 2016

Free Public Lecture by Dr Eriita Jones - Booking essential through Eventbrite.

Abstract: 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.

Bio: Eriita Jones completed a Bachelor of Philosophy (Science) with Honours at the Australian National University in 2007 with the title of “ Identifying targets within the potential biosphere of Mars through study of gullies and rampart craters.  of Science” and a PhD at the same university in 2012.  Her PhD thesis was titled “Two complementary approaches in refining the search for liquid water and habitable environments on present-day Mars”.  While...

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Public Lecture by Dr James Waldie 28th September


Dr James Waldie will present this year's David Cooper Memorial Lecture on Wednesday 28th September at RMIT at 6:30pm.  The event is being held in conjunction with the National Space Society of Ausralia as part of the broader program of the Australian Space Research Conference.  This public lecture is free, athough registration is essential  through Eventbrite.


The next generation of spacesuits for use inside and outside the spacecraft may be based on form-fitting elastic skinsuits, and Australia has prominence at many levels.  Gas-pressurised spacesuits have created history by enabling humans to walk in space and across the surface of the moon.  Despite being effective as a life support system, the suits are a severe hindrance to astronaut function and capability.  They are rigid, heavy, bulky, costly, leaky, and require...

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MSA Directors Depart for 80 Day Mars Simulation Mission

Mars Society Australia directors Dr Jonathan Clarke and Annlea Beattie have departed for an 80 day simulated Mars Mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. They will form part of an international scientific crew undertaking the first of two long duration missions as part of the Mars160 Mission program initiated by the US Mars Society.  The mission will formally commence on 24 September at the same time as the 19th Annual Mars Society Convention in Washington. The MSA board owould like to wish Jonathan, Annalea and the other crew members a safe and successful mission. 

Read the full original mission announcement. 

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ASRC 2016 Registration Now Open

Registration 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 -

Read more about the conference at ASRC HOME

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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 and geological processes responsible for the...

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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 natural laboratory of global significance for research into astrobiology.

The team shall comprise of researchers,...

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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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Mars Society Announces International Gemini Mars Design Competition

Students to propose design concepts mission to open the path to the Red Planet

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The U.S. human spaceflight program is currently adrift. It needs a goal, and that goal should be sending explorers to Mars in our time. In order to help provide such direction and get a real humans to Mars program underway, the Mars Society is launching an international student engineering  contest to design the Gemini Mars mission, creating a plan for a two-person Mars flyby that could be placed on the desk of the President-elect in late 2016 and be completed by the end of his or her second term.

The Gemini Mars...

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