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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AMEC2010 to Open With Free Public Lecture

Members of the public and the research community are invited to attend the tenth Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC2010), which is being held from 9-11 July at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC), Strathmore Secondary College, Melbourne. The curtain-raiser for AMEC2010: Living and Working on the Martian Frontier is a free public lecture delivered by NASA scientists Dr Jennifer Heldmann and Dr Adrian Brown at VSSEC at 6.30pm, Friday 9 July. Drs Brown and Heldmann, from NASA’s Ames Research Centre, contributed to recent water-seeking missions on the Moon and on Mars.

Read the full media release.
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Spaceward Bound 2010 Mojave Report Now Available

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Opportunities for teachers to participate in authentic scientific discovery are few and far between. Mars Society Australia with strong links with the NASA Spaceward Bound Project advertised and selected three science educators from Australia to work with world-renowned planetary scientists in the Mojave Desert in late March 2010. The Spaceward Bound project provides vital opportunities for teachers to participate in the exploration of scientifically interesting activities, in remote and extreme...

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New Australian Mars Book

Guy Murphy, MSA director and former president and vice president, has a new book coming out shortly - Mars: A Survival Guide. It is being published by the ABC and Harper-Collins and there will be book signings and related events at AMEC2010 in July. The publication is a general introduction to living on Mars. You...
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NASA Spaceward Bound Namibia Report

The investigative aim of Spaceward Bound Namibia was to examine hypolith growth patterns. The location of this expedition was Gobabeb Training & Research Centre approximately 100 km east from the Namibian Coast, from the 18th to the 25th of April. A fantastic remote desert location, characterized by desert fogs and barchan dunes, almost distracting from the science. The Centre is a joint venture between the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) and the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), with a large array of ongoing desert studies being conducted there, NASA Spaceward Bound just being the latest. The Science Team was lead once again by Dr Chris McKay from the NASA Ames Research Center and at a local level by Professor Donald Cowan and his team from the...

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AMEC2010 Registration Now Open

Registration for AMEC2010 is now open. To be held over the weekend of the 9th-11th July, the conference will feature exciting presentations on a range of Mars related topics by local and overseas speakers. You can register for the conference and the conference banquet at Young and Jackson's Hotel by either using a secure online form or downloading a printable postal application form (pdf).

Find out more at the AMEC2010 homepage and register today!
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Aussie Teachers Join NASA Namibian Desert Expedition

Aussie Teachers Join NASA Namibian Desert Expedition Australian science teacher Mark Gargano will be participating in a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Spaceward Bound expedition to Namibia later this month, between the 18th and 26th of April. Mr Gargano, Science Coordinator at St Joseph’s School in Western Australia and Education Director of Mars Society Australia, will be a part of the expedition's science and education team. The expedition will be focussing on geological formations, desert microbial life and examining the conditions for life in extreme locations. The field work and analysis will be conducted at Gobabeb Training and Research Station, around 120 km inland from the west coast of Africa and is being lead by a range of scientists and engineers who are actively engaged in current planetary...
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Spaceward Bound 2009 Report Now Available

The full report for the Spaceward Bound 2009 (SBA2009) Expedition has now been released. The Mars Society Australia undertook the expedition in collaboration with the 'NASA Spaceward Bound' Program in July 2009, traveling to locations including Arkaroola, Marree and Reedy Springs in the South Australian desert. The theme of the expedition was 'The evolution of life in our solar system'. Twenty seven planetary scientists, geologists, teachers and engineers from the US and Australia participated in the expedition.

Download the report here.
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MSA Vice-President Participates in MDRS Crew 92

Seven people, five nations, one crew. This sums up the experience of MDRS Crew 92 over the two weeks from March 6th-20th 2010. Lead by MSA Vice President and research director Dr Jonathan Clarke Crew 92 consisted of Dr Katy Hurlbert (NASA Johnson Space Center) in week one, Dr Carol Stoker (NASA Ames Research Center) in week 2, along with Line Drube (Geophysicist and Astrophysicist from the University of Copenhagen) and three French Air Force Second year cadets - Marie Mikolajczak Human Factors and Safety Officer), Nicolas le Tallec (Crew Engineer, and the Executive Office Lindsay Biset-Bentchikou.

Read more in Jonathan Clarke's mission report (pdf). View the photo gallery here.
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