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Robert Zubrin Touring Australia

Robert Zubrin, President of the US Mars Society will be visiting Australia between 21st and 29th March.  He will appear at public speaking events in Canberra on Monday 23rd March, Adelaide on Tuesday 24th March and Melbourne on Wednesday 25th of March and Friday 27th March.  Further details to be announced.  Watch this space! 

 

ROBERT ZUBRIN PROFILE

Robert Zubrin, formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver is now president of his own company, Pioneer Astronautics.  He holds Masters degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington.  He is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of over 200 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, as well the non-fiction books "The Case for...

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Australian Robots Aid the Search for Life on Mars - via New Zealand

Mars Society Australia (MSA) announces its participation in Spaceward Bound New Zealand (SBNZ), a project of the New Zealand Astrobiology Initiative (NZAI)  in conjunction with University of Auckland, AUT and the Astrobiology Group of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, Mars Society New Zealand and the KiwiSpace Foundation. Spaceward Bound is a NASA initiated program that enagaged students and teachers in the great adventure of exploration seeking answers to some of the most fundamental questions: “What is life?’, ‘How does life begin and evolve?’ ‘Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe?’ and ‘What is the future of life on Earth and beyond?’. This is done through a series of international expeditions to exotic locations in the US, Canada, Chile, Namibia, Australia and now New Zealand. Participation in Spaceward Bound is international.

The SBNZ expedition will...

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Free public lecture: Was Mars ever alive?

Assoc. Prof. Victor Gostin, M.Sc. (Melb), PhD (ANU)

Sunday 14th September 2014 at 6.00 pm

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

Abstract: Exciting discoveries are continually being made on our sister planet, Mars. NASA's rovers plus orbiting satellites have revealed many, often unexpected features. Bright ice exists only 50cm below the surface.  Martian river networks formed under semiarid climates, when floods alternated with long dry spells. Liquid surface water lasted at least 10,000 years. Strange vertical shafts cutting through lava flows may be windows into lava tunnels. Could these contain life? The newly arrived Curiosity is already increasing our understanding of Martian long history.

Bio: Victor Gostin is a retired Associate Professor and an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Adelaide, Australia. A graduate of Melbourne University with a PhD from the...

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Upcoming Talk - Why go to Mars?

Those in the Sydney area might be interested in attending the session of THAT'LL LEARN YOU: Academia, Science, and Comedy in the Giant Dwarf theatre, Monday, 8 September 2014 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (AEST) at 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, NSW.  MSA President Dr Jonathan Clarke will be talking on the subject “Why go to Mars?”  in the theme “Mars vs Maths”. He will also be sharing the session with Simon Pampena (“Catalyst”), Jazz Twemlow and Alex Lee (both The Roast”).  Simon is known as a maths comedian, Jazz from The Guadian Oz and Alex from ABC News 24.

Tickets can be purchased from https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/thatll-learn-you-academia-science-comedy-tickets-12660896081?ref=ebapi

All are welcome to attend!

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Mars Robot Challenge Expedition Now Underway

The Mars Robot Challenge Expedition is now underway, with the expedition entourage arriving at Arkaroola resort on Saturday, 5th July.  Follow its progress on the Expedition Homepage and by reading the Expedition Diary.  The Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Expedition is the latest of a series of expeditions run by Mars Society Australia (MSA) since its inception in 2001. Expeditioners will test a range of field robotics at Arkaroola with the goal of developing concepts for planetary operations, especially Mars.  Participants include Murdoch University (WA), University of New South Wales, Mars Society India, and MSA.  The Mars Society Australia would...

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