South Australia

For more information contact -

South Australian Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia

Branch Coordinator: 
0481 093 877
Meeting Info: 

WHAT:  Are you interested in space exploration? Dream of a future amongst the stars? Our first step is Mars. 

Exploration, research and development, the latest discoveries, issues and philosophy which may impact on exploration of Mars.

A warm welcome is extended to everyone interested in Mars or space exploration

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

WHEN:   Sunday 6:00PM - 8:00PM

If you require further information, contact Marcia 0481 093 877

Meeting dates for 2017: February 5th, March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 10th (a week later due to Fathers’ Day), October 8th (a week later due to Labour Day), November 5th, December 3rd

Our last events were:

Sunday 4th December 2016 Free Public Lecture (Optional BBQ Cost $7 see details below) - Thomas Callum "Gemini Direct, The Australian entry to the Gemini Mars Mission Design Competition"

The Gemini Mars Mission Competition was an international university challenge set up by the Mars Society this year to develop mission concepts to fly two astronauts past Mars and return them by 2024. Of the 19 teams that applied, 10 were selected to present at the annual Mars Society conference in Washington DC. One of these 10 teams that presented was the Gemini Direct mission plan that was developed by Thomas Cullum of the University of Adelaide as a team of one. Thomas will be representing and extending the Gemini Mars mission presentation that he gave at Washington earlier this year.  

      BBQ is optional

o   BYO drinks plus a plate- salad or dessert or treat

o    Cost: $7 to cover meat (please let us know if you have special dietary requirements, vegan or vegetarian)

o   RSVP booking would be appreciated to assist with numbers

To book or for further information contact Marcia on 0481 093 877 or email


Sunday 6thNovember 2016 Free Presentation – Savannah McGuirk LIVE VIA SKYPE including Q&A "A Martian Landscape on Earth"

It might be a long way to Mars, but there are places to study Mars on Earth. With a cold, dry, alpine environment and very little vegetation, the Indian Himalayas are a pretty close fit. In August 2016, an expedition to Ladakh for a Spaceward Bound expedition incorporated scientists, professionals and teachers from all over the world, all of whom were engaged in space research, projects or education. While some were searching for microbes in the hot springs, others took samples and examined the grain size in sand dunes and patterned ground. Savannah will discuss the geomorphologyof Ladakh as a Mars analogue on Earth.

Sunday 9th October 2016 Free Public Lecture – Dr Eriita Jones “How can we find water on Mars (and why are we looking?)”

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.

Booking :


September 11th 2016 Free Public Lecture - Associate Professor Victor Gostin “Was there water and life on Mars?” 

Exciting discoveries are continually being made on our sister planet, Mars. NASA's rovers plus orbiting satellites have revealed many, often unexpected features. Having discovered water-ice in the subsoil in many places, the search for life [fossil/modern] continues, as detailed plans are made regarding the next landing site. This talk will present a few of the many exciting features of planet Mars that have just been published. Booking:

August 14th 2016 Free Public Lecture - Dr Graziella Caprarelli “Looking for Ice in Unlikely Places”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 existence of ice on the surface of the planet during different periods of its geological history, and present new insights into the likelihood and distribution of cold and wet microenvironments of astrobiological potential. Booking: 

Meeting dates for 2016

February 7th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd,  August 14th, September 11th, October 9th, November 6th, December 4th