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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.


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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. 

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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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