Drones on Mars? Small 'Helicopter-Like' Scout Could Be Added to Mars 2020 Rover Mission

Artist’s conception of the helicopter-like drone which could accompany the Mars 2020 rover. Image Credit: NASA

Over the past few years, numerous orbiters, landers, and rovers have been sent to Mars, revealing the world as never before. There is, however, something else which hasn’t been done yet: a helicopter, airplane, or balloon. An […]

MDRS Crew 137 Issues Final Mission Report

Photo Credit: The Mars Society Crew 137

The following is the final mission report of Mars Desert Research Station (http://mdrs.marssociety.org/) (MDRS) Crew 137 (http://mdrs.marssociety.org/home/crew-137) . A complete review of this year’s activities at MDRS will be presented at the 17th Annual International Mars Society Convention (http://www.marssociety.org/a/marssociety.org/www/conventions/2014) , which will be held August 7-10, […]

Call for Papers: 2014 International Mars Society Convention

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The Mars Society invites presentations for the 17th Annual International Mars Society Convention. Subjects for discussion can involve all matters associated with the exploration and settlement of the planet Mars, including science, technology, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.

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A Red Flag on the Red Planet: China’s Mars Ambitions

Fobos-Grunt is integrated with its Zenit launch vehicle, preparatory to flight in November 2011. Photo Credit: AsianScientist

At 2:16 a.m. local time on 8 November 2011, the desolate steppe of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, shook to the roar of rocket engines. A Ukrainian-built Zenit-2SB vehicle thundered into orbit carrying the Russian Fobos-Grunt spacecraft, destined to […]

The Mars Society Calls On Volunteers for 12-Month Simulated Mars Mission Next Year

The Mars Society is calling for additional volunteers for its 2014 Mars Arctic 365 mission at the FMARS facility (pictured above) in Devon Island, Canada. Photo Credit: The Mars Society.

The Mars Society, the world’s largest and most influential non-profit space advocacy organization dedicated to human exploration and settlement of Mars, has issued […]

Watch International Mars Society Convention via Live Webcast

Photo Credit: NASA, JPL

The Mars Society will be hosting its 16th Annual International Mars Society Convention from August 15-18 at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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The Mars Society Completes First Phase of Mars Arctic 365 Mission

Aerial view of the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) site in Devon Island, Canada. The first phase of the Mars Society’s mission at this site was complete in late July. Photo Credit: The Mars Society on Facebook.

The Mars Society announced that the Mars Arctic 365 (MA365) Phase 1 mission was successfully […]

The Mars Society Builds Infrastructure for Year-Long FMARS Mission

Members of The Mars Society’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station check out their equipment during this year’s expedition. Photo Credit: The Mars Society

The Mars Society announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (EU-INTERACT) to use the Flashline Mars Arctic […]

From ISS to Mars: A SpaceX Odyssey

SpaceX—the first company to send a spacecraft to orbit and have it return safely to Earth, the first company to journey to and deliver supplies to the International Space Station—appears to be setting its sights on Mars. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

Mars, the world that has transfixed so many for so […]

Follow the Water? No, Follow the Martian Salt

The next direction for NASA, in terms of searching for life on Mars, might not be “follow the water”—it might be “follow the salt.” Image Credit: NASA / JPL / MSSS

This article originally appeared in The Mars Society’s The Mars Quarterly. As part of AmericaSpace’s partnership with The Mars Society, they publish […]