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Proposals Past Due

Posted November 21, 2005

It is now one week after the deadline for proposal submissions, and few proposals have come in. As such, the editors will be discussing whether to extend the deadline yet again, or not produce a MEP2005 book.

Chapter Proposals

Posted September 30, 2005

Please send chapter proposals to us by November 15th. Due to other commitments, the editorial committee has decided to push back the original September deadline to that time.

Presentations Now Available

Posted September 26, 2005

Presentations made at the 2nd Mars Expedition Planning Workshop are now available.

MEP2005 A Success -
Proceedings To Be Published

Posted August 15, 2005

The 2nd Mars Expedition Planning Workshop was a declared a success by its primary hosts, the Association of Mars Explorers. In the near future paper presentations from the workshop will be uploaded to this site in PowerPoint format.

The workshop participants indicated interest in publishing a book of the proceedings. An editorial committee will form and construct a chapter by chapter outline to assess whether a book detailing a Meridiani Campaign plan is viable. Workshop participants were asked to submit ideas for chapters to the editors. Chapter proposals are due by September 30th. Chapters may be based off the extended abstracts presented at the workshop, or new papers inspired by the workshop discussions.

Workshop Schedule

July 25, 2005

Workshop delegates should be aware that the Presentation Sessions and the Discussion Sessions will now be combined into five Workshop Sessions. The workshop schedule is now available.

Workshop Sessions:

  1. Field Science, Instruments and Operations for Meridiani and Surrounds
  2. Expedition Mobility, Exploration Technology and Tactics
  3. Human Factors, Crew-Centered Operations, and Mobile Communications
  4. Mars Analogs on the Earth and the Moon
  5. Exploration Ethics, Risk Mitigation and Planetary Protection

Extended abstracts accepted so far are listed here.

ISU Alumni Week Events

Delegates to the MEP Workshop may also attend events held by the International Space University described here.

Final Call for Submissions
Abstracts Due June 30th, 2005


Who: Members of the space science and exploration community.

Where: University of British Columbia -- No longer at Robson Square -- the new venue information will be posted soon.

When: August 6 and August 7, 2005.

Please inform us of your interest in attending by emailing the program chair, or paying your registration fees. (To state the obvious, only those who register are allowed to attend.)

Call for Papers

Download the workshop guidelines here.

Read the submission guidelines and download templates here.

The Association of Mars Explorers is sponsoring a workshop to define a 500-day Design Reference Surface Expedition Campaign for a Human Base constructed in the vicinity of Meridiani Planum in the year 2019. (The location is loosely defined, so that it just means that at some point in the 500 day mission, Meridiani will be visited. The base should be within 500 to 1000 km of Meridiani, despending on the furthest extent of exploration possible by assumed mobility options.)

This is the final call for papers for discussion sessions of the workshop. The deadline for extended abstracts for the Discussion Sessions is June 30th, 2005.

This workshop is carefully structured so that the outputs from the presentation sessions are used as inputs for the discussion sessions. Discussion Session papers will be discussed by a panel during the workshop to provide the basis for the Design Reference Surface Expedition Campaign. The Meridiani Expedition will then be published in a volume along with select extended abstracts and synthesis papers. See our listing of Workshop Outputs for more information. Format guidelines must be strictly followed.

Presentation Sessions:

  1. Field Science for Meridiani and Surrounds
  2. Expedition Mobility, Exploration Technology and Tactics
  3. Human Factors and Mobile Communications
  4. Mars Analogs on the Earth and the Moon
  5. Exploration Ethics and Planetary Protection

Discussion Sessions:

  1. Field Science Instruments and Operations
  2. Expedition Scheduling
  3. Crew-Centered Operations and Performance
  4. Meridiani Analogs and Simulations
  5. Risk Mitigation for Planetary Protection and Crew Safety

Program Committee:

Workshop Hosts:


Mission architectures from the earliest Von Braun plans to the most recent European Space Agency Aurora Program reference mission do not describe the surface mission of a Mars expedition in any great detail. The purpose of the 2nd Mars Expedition Planning Workshop is to address the aspects of science campaigning on the Martian surface for human expeditions. More specifically, the workshop considers a scenario of a human base in the vicinity of the Meridiani Planum region of Mars and gives the workshop participants the task of designing a science campaign for 500 days in the year 2019.

The objective of the Workshop is to describe how those 500 days will be spent in science-directed exploration, geological mapping, and site-specific investigations.


This date is deliberately chosen because it gives the workshop participants a framework for discussions about what we will know about Mars prior to a human landing. The foreseeable future of Mars robotic missions culminates with Mars Sample Return towards the end of the next decade. Therefore, we can only engage in planning a Meridiani Expedition with humans by neglecting what research could be accomplish robotically beyond Sample Return.

Orbital dynamics and Earth-to-Mars transit mission architectures are not of interest to these proceedings. Neither is the specific technology complement or architectural design of the base. Surface stay is between 550 to 700 days, but all time in excess of 500 days is used for base set-up upon arrival and preparation time prior to departure for Earth. Therefore, the entirety of the remaining 500 days is used for science campaigning.

Exploration from the Meridiani Base to distant areas should be limited to what is possible by the 2019 date, considering only surface traverses in pressurized or non-pressurized rovers to 500km - 1000km distances.


Papers will be invited for presentation at the workshop and/or publication in the subsequent MEP 2005 volume that would serve to archive both the workshop proceedings (synthesis papers plus session extended-abstracts) as well as print-only papers.


Each presentation session will be 1.5 hours long, consisting of three to five presentations per session. The session chair may allocate time within that timeframe. Presentations may be invited or proposed by submission of an extended abstract.

Each discussion session will be 1.5 hours long. The program chair will introduce each session and take 5 minutes or less to set out the goals at the beginning of every session, including expected session outputs. A panel of experts will deliberate on the topic for the session.

A discussion session task group would be comprised of the authors for all the accepted abstracts.

Each discussion session panel would work to synthesize their pre-workshop extended abstracts into one discussion session paper that addresses all the issues brought up during the discussion session. The session chair will be aided by a session secretary to document the discussion. The session chairs and program chair will ultimately be responsible for producing the synthesis papers.

For the purposes of workshop logistics, the requirements of the pre-workshop extended abstracts should be quite strict: Papers may duplicate information or discussion from other workshop papers, or papers published elsewhere, but must strictly focus on expeditions based on the workshop scenario. Extended abstracts must not address issues outside of the discussion session topics. More than one extended abstract per session may be submitted by an individual.

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