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; 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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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.

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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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