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MSA Invites Teachers to Attend Spaceward Bound Australia’s 2011 Pilbara Expedition

The Mars Society Australia offers Science teachers and graduate students an opportunity to join with NASA and MSA scientists on a field expedition to the Pilbara. Running between the 8th and 24th of July 2011, (during school holidays) it will involve participants examining fossil sites recording the early emergence of life of Earth, and also areas of tourist interest for the “Dawn Of Life Trail” near Marble Bar. Participants will also take part in the 11th Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC2011) at the University of Western Australia at the end of the expedition. The cost per person will be between $1800 and $2200, includes camping equipment, fully catered expedition and transport from the start to the end of the expedition. These costs also include the registration fee for AMEC2011. Full details of these items will be available by end of May. These activities may be used for professional learning renewal for their college or teacher registration with listing the 40 hours of...
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AMEC2011 Registrations and Call for Papers is Now Open

Presentations at the 11th Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC2011), a 2 day event from the 23rd to 24th July, at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, will cover comparisons of environments for the dawn of life on Earth and comparing with the possibility of life on the red Planet, Mars. Written submissions from teachers, scientists, engineers, social theorists, managers, writers and artists are welcomed. Full papers will be reviewed and published in accordance with the DEEWR guidelines. The theme for AMEC2011 is Environments for the Dawn of Life on Mars and Earth.

Find out more at the AMEC2011 homepage.
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Mars or Bust ... Well Mojave for Starters!

Dr Paula Mills has recently received an opportunity of a lifetime. Paula is the latest in a growing group of Australian Science Teachers who have been selected to attend a NASA Spaceward Bound expedition. She will be participating in this event in the Mojave Desert from the 17th to the 21st of April. Paula is currently the Science Curriculum Leader at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, South Australia and brings over 10 years of secondary and tertiary science classroom experience, currently teaching Physics, Chemistry and Junior Science.

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Mars Discussions at the WA Science & Engineering Summer School

Two of our Board of Directors, Mark Gargano and Dr Graham Mann presented the key note session on Thursday 20th January to the 2011 WA Science & Engineering Summer School, an event hosted by the Science Faculties at Murdoch University in Western Australia.

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Australian Teacher Opportunity for Spaceward Bound Mojave 2011

If you are a Secondary School Teacher with an interest in earth, planetary and space science, then the Spaceward Bound Mojave 2011 expedition might be just the professional learning for you. NASA Spaceward Bound have once again extended this fantastic opportunity to Australian teachers and one lucky person in 2011 will gain an experience of a lifetime working with scientists, engineers and educators in the Mojave Desert.

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APRSAF to be Held in Melbourne

In November 2010, the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) will be held in Melbourne. This event will be co-hosted by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and promotes collaboration between the regions space agencies. To support this objective, and promote awareness of the benefits of space technology, the APRSAF Space Education and Awareness Working Group has established a poster design competition for students aged 8 to 11 years, a Water Rocket Event for students aged 12 to 16 years, and an Educators Workshop to be held in association with the Water Rocket Event.

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Science & Science Fiction Trivia Night in Canberra

The Mars Society Australia (MSA) supported by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) presents their annual Science and Science Fiction Trivia Night on Friday 27th August at 6pm at the Australian National University. For more details download a flyer for this event here.
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National Space Camp Woomera

If you are a space science focused Year 11 student, there is an opportunity to apply for a position on the upcoming National Space Camp Woomera. This is an annual 5-day residential conference for students from all around Australia and is organized by the Centre for Australian Space Education (CASE) with sponsorship from the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund and this year occurs from Thursday 30th of September to Monday 4th of October. The programme includes lectures, tours, workshops and excursions to museums, universities, observatories and viewing a sounding rocket launch by the Australian Space Research Institute at Woomera. This event is open to 40 Year 11 students nationally and positions are highly sought after.

For additional details check their website at; www.spaceschool.com To apply, download an application form and submit the...

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AMEC2010 Program Available - Register Now!

The program for the 10th Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC2010) is now available on the AMEC homepage. With only five days until the conference, we warmly invite any researchers or members of the general public to join us for a stimulating weekend of presentations. The conference will include a free public lecture on Friday evening by Dr Jennifer Heldmann and Dr Adrian Brown of NASA Ames Research Centre, then a two-day program of presentations over Saturday and Sunday, including a tour of the VSSEC Mars Chamber (shown above left) and a conference banquet on Saturday night at Young and Jackson's Hotel.

Help us celebrate our 10th AMEC by registering now!
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MSA AGM to be held at VSSEC

Members are advised that the Annual General Meeting of the Mars Society Australia, Inc. will be held at the start of AMEC on Friday 9th July between 5.00pm and 6pm at VSSEC before the evening's public lectures. All financial members welcome, and non-financial ones if they join/re-join at the door.

For full details read the official notice here.
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