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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.

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2015 David Cooper Memorial Lecture

Professor Malcolm Walter will deliver this year's David Cooper Memorial lecture as part of the Australian Space Research Conference.  The lecture will be held at 7pm at the Australian National University at 7pm.  For further details including how to book a free ticket, click here.  Download a lecture flyer (pdf).  The title and abstract for the talk are as follows.



Professor Malcolm Walter

Australian Centre for Astrobiology, UNSW

It is difficult to imagine any greater goal for science than searching for life...

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15th Australian Space Research Conference Opens Next Week

The 15th Australian Space Research Conference (ASRC) commences in Canberra on Tuesday 29th September.  The ASRC is intended to be the primary annual meeting for Australian research relating to space research. The ASRC is jointly sponsored and organised by the National Space Society of Australia (NSSA) and the National Committee for Space and Radio Science (NCSRS) - formerly the National Committee for Space Science (NCSS). The Mars Society Australia will be running sessions on Mars topics on Wednesday 30th Septmber. The conference schedule includes a banquet on the evening of Wednesday 30th, and the David Cooper Memorial Lecture on the evening of Thursday 1st October.

To find out more and to register, visit the ASRC homepage.  See you there!

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Spaceward Bound India 2016 Website Launched

NASA Spaceward Bound, a NASA Ames initiative is an opportunity for astrogeologists and astrobiologists to work with students in remote, off Earth analogous environments to conduct field experiments and engage in scientific discussions with participating students and science educators. As a first, scientists from NASA's astrobiology community are teaming up with their counterparts in Australia and India to visit Ladakh, India in August 2016 to conduct experiments in a range of research areas. Ladakh is a cold, high altitude (3000-6000m asl) desert environment that offers permafrost regions, saline and palaeolakes, hot springs that have shown to harbor microbial communities. It is also a young and active geological region that exhibits topological processes which hold clues about Martian terrain history. Interested researchers can contact the team with ideas/suggestions towards planned experiments at  ...
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