++ U. S. Chapters ++
Thomas Hancock, mailto:Thomas.Hancock@HSV.Boeing.com
Daniel Slosberg, mailto: email@example.com,
Marilyn Dudley-Rowley, mailto:MD-R@msn.com
Bill Gjestvang, mailto:DataWolf@IBM.net
Wayne Bowen, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing to report, except great expectations for the two upcoming
Hollywood Mars movies.
++ California, CALTECH-JPL
Derek Shannon, mailto:email@example.com
Things are very busy both at Caltech and for the Caltech/JPL chapter.
are coordinating with the Skeptics' Society to host a talk by Dr. Zubrin
at Caltech this Sunday. Our next public outreach event will be on
February 12th at Astrofest at the LA Public Library. Our human mission
design technical project is going well, with a respectable draft
possibly ready by late February, and we are working on some ideas for
broader outreach (taking advantage of the upcoming Mars movies is high
++ California, Central Valley
Domenique van der Goore, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi all! Well contrary to popular belief, California (at least my part
it) is still dull. Not much action to report. I am still working on
Provisional Members Council. The bylaws we put together are up for
vote (if you didn't know). Please, get out and vote!!! Well, that's
about I have goin on here. On to MARS!!
++ California, North
Kelly Snook, mailto:email@example.com
++ California, South
Dave Jedynak, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocky Mountain Mars Society (RMMS)
Brad Jarvis, email@example.com
Richard Brodeur, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
The next meeting of the Florida Chapter will be on Saturday, February
5th, in Palm Beach County. This is a follow-up to the Chapter's first
meeting held last November at Kennedy Space Center.
Late in 1999, Dick Brodeur (a member of the "steering committee" for
Florida) met with Jorge Mermoz in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jorge is
point person for the Mars Society in Argentina. The discussion covered
the various projects each Chapter is supporting, as well as the
possibility of building a relationship between the Chapters. One idea
to form a "Sister Chapter" relationship between Florida and Argentina.
Perhaps over time that relationship could be extended to include the
Chile Chapter as well.
++ Red Dirt (the Georgia chapter of the Mars Society)
Mike Kretsch, email@example.com
No meetings scheduled this month.
Matt Rohrer, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Struble, mailto: email@example.com
++ Chicago-Illinois Chapter
Matt Lowry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Report: The month of December was a bit slow for the Chicago chapters
to the holiday season. The following meetings are scheduled...
Primary Chicago chapter -- Sunday, Jan. 23rd from 2-4pm
Harold Washington Library, Chicago
North Shore chapter -- Thursday, Jan. 20th (exact time TBA)
Lake Forest High School, room #224
More to come. Ad Astra!
Steve Resler, mailto:email@example.com
Katharine Osborne, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly Kellogg, mailto:HKellogg@feist.com
Shelly Hynes, mailto:email@example.com
++ MD, DC, VA
Theresa Klein, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Edwards, mailto:email@example.com
"Space Night" was a great success! Jack Lousma, former Skylab astronaut
and Shuttle Commander, gave a very interesting impromptu talk (when
video equipment didn't operate as planned) about his experiences and
ideas on future astronauts to Mars. Dr. Terry Kammash spoke on his
research in advanced propulsion technologies. And Jim Beyer presented
Mars Direct. The event was well attended. Thanks to the many chapter
members who helped!
Our portable Mars Hab model is still under construction. We hope to
it presentable by May when we plan to show it at the Jackson Space
Museum for their "What's Up Weekend".
Our monthly meetings are still held on the University of Michigan campus
for now, tho we may have to find a new location in the future. We may
try to meet in the Lansing area sometime also.
Ben Huset, mailto:BenHuset@skypoint.com
Garry Speer, mailto:VMSmith1@aol.com
Nothing to report.
++ Missouri -- Kansas City
George Howard, mailto:Ghoward683@aol.com
Derrick Davis, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
No report, RPSR editor's faulty mail list to blame there - my apologies
Shawn Plunket, mailto:SPlunket@aol.com
++ New England Chapter
Troy Lee Hudson, mailto: thudson@MIT.EDU
++ New Jersey
Paul Rockman, mailto:email@example.com
++ New York
Paul Contursi, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
The New York Chapter of the Mars Society has a firm arrangement to
a talk about Mars exploration at the Riverdale Country School in The
Bronx on January 27. Efforts to meet with the local staff of Senator
Charles Schumer continue.
++ New Mexico
Eric Orrill, mailto:email@example.com
++ Northern New Mexico Chapter (or Los Alamos Chapter)
Lisa Ice, firstname.lastname@example.org
The dues-paying members of New Mexico confirmed me as a volunteer for
the position of representative to the Chapter Members' Council. Still
planning on making logo coffee mugs when chapter's cash flow improves.
++ North Dakota Chapter
John Cable, email@example.com
Nothing to report.
++ North Dakota, Eastern
Jonathan Hovland, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Tam Czarnik, mailto:email@example.com
Ohio's been busy, these unseasonably warm weeks! Here's what's cookin':
'Mars Direct' Presentations:
a) Arlington, TX Branch Library (jointly with N. Texas Mars Society)
b) New Lebanon, OH Branch Library (05 Jan 00).
c) Huber Heights, OH Branch library (08 Jan 00).
d) Bedford, OH Lions (11 Jan 00).
Meeting with Senator DeWine staffer (23 Dec 99).
a) Monica Simmons promotes Mars Society on Channel 2 News (18 Dec 99).
b) Members Jeff Roche & Geoffrey Landis defend ongoing Mars Missions
letters published in Cleveland Enquirer (Jan 00).
c) Dayton Branch debuts it's website:
Ohio's Members' Council Representative to be announced in a few days.
ON TO MARS !!
John Ohlheiser, mailto:JPO10708@aol.com
Gus Frederick, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mars Millennium Project:
The OPEN MMP Web site is up and growing. A partnership between MSOR,
Oregon L5 and the Oregon Public Education Network, this site will host
numerous cross-curricular resources for K-12 use, as well as links
others. A main thrust is approaching this with a teaching technique
known as the "Scottish Storyline Method." This revolves around a story
scenerio in which the kids "play-out" different aspect of the storyline.
In our case, they are a team sent to Mars in 2030 to report on the
various aspects of "Pele Base," a colony of 100 folks located within
lava tube cave on the North slopes of Olympus Mons. The site URL is
linked from the Oregon Chapter's page:
Candidate Space Summit:
In development are plans to host a "Space Summit" for the U.S.
Presidential Candidates, to query they're views of space. We hope to
have this happen the Saturday before the Oregon Primary elections in
May, when the candidate critters are in state. We are hoping to get
"National Annointment" from TMS to add to the credibility factor. Some
"official" letterhead would be nice too.
Our next "roving" meeting will be in Redmond, Oregon in March. We hope
to include several of the school teams there working with us on the
and hopefully visit one of numerous lava tube caves located in the
MSOR Chapter Secretary Gus Frederick is slated to appear on Oregon
Public Broadcasting's monthly "Starliner" radio show. This is a regular
feature that explores different aspects of space exploration.
OLD NEWS: Mars Polar Lander Party:
On December 3rd, MSOR members were on hand at the Oregon Museum of
Science & Industry to assist museum staff in this public outreach
effort. We had lots of visitors, and many discussions. Prior media
releases paid off, as all three of the major network affiliates were
hand, and interviewed MSOR spokesman Gus Frederick. All three interviews
were aired. Too bad the sucker didn't work.
++ Central PA /Penn State University Mars Society Chapter
Wojciech Klimkiewicz, Ph.D., mailto:email@example.com
Penn State Mars Society Mars Polar Lander event was held on December
1999. Close to 100 peoples attended. Event featured Live NASA TV and
Webcast, invited speakers: "The Solar System and Planets Around Other
Stars" by Alexander Wolszczan, "Astrobiology: origin, evolution, and
future of life in the universe" by Hiroshi Ohmoto, and briefings on
Polar Lander Mission (Lisa Brown), National Space Society (Deneyse
Churchill), Mars Society (W.Klimkiewicz), and Penn State HEDS-UP Student
Design Competition (W.Klimkiewicz).
We are preparing to start Human Exploration and Development of Space
program at Penn State. The Penn State was selected to participate in
NASA HEDS-UP 2000 Student Design Competition program. The details are
subject is: Adaptive Robotics for Mars HEDS (ARM-HEDS) with robotics
in-situ resource utilization and robotics science experiments.
++ Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Independence Chapter
Gary Fisher, mailto:GCFisheris@aol.com
++ Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Mars Society of Pittsburgh
Daniar Hussain, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Our chapter is just beginning to get off its feet, and we are hoping
another meeting this month (January 2000). Any people in the Pittsburgh,
PA area are Welcome!!
++ Puerto Rico
Jose Lopez Reyes, mailto:email@example.com
++ Rhode Island
Steve Connors, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ South Carolina
Richard Allen Brown, mailto:Charlestonideas@hotmail.com
++ Tennessee - Kentucky
Trae Winter, mailto:email@example.com
++ Texas, Austin
Tim Crain, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Austin chapter is in the process of reorganizing and reinvigorating
itself and we hope to be very active in the new year.
++ Texas, Dallas
Scott Bell, mailto: email@example.com
++ Texas, Houston
Chris Barnes, mailto:USAMarsMan@aol.com
Tom Allred, mailto:AllredTj@ubtanet.com
++ Washington, Grays Harbor/Olympic Peninsula
Johannes Helgeson, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Mars Society Puget Sound
Jim Burk (email@example.com) -- Chapter President
Our first convention of the new millennium left much to be desired.
RustyCon sci-fi convention was under new management who botched the
of getting our talks on their schedule. Admittedly, we didn't hold
hand as much and as early as last year. Dustin Green, our Vice
President, was able to give a talk on Mars Direct, but my talk on
general Mars Exploration was left off the schedule and had to be
We are currently gearing up for the first Mars movie, Mission to Mars,
set to open in March. We will have Mars Society displays in many area
movie theatres. We also will be attending some area Airshows in the
few months, as well as the NorWesCon sci-fi convention in April, which
is one of the nation's largest. In addition, a few members will be
the ISDC (NSS's convention) in Tucson, AZ this May.
++ West Virginia
Robert Strong, mailto:strongro@WLSVAX.WVNET.EDU
Scott Davis, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Banks, PAT@uwyo.edu
Nothing new to report at this time.
++ Mars Society Youth Group http://chapters.marssociety.org/youth/
Margarita Marinova, mailto: email@example.com
The Youth Group is currently creating the first issue of the Youth
Newsletter. Submissions are due by Jan. 24, with a first issue being
finalised by the end of January. If you can contribute any short
articles, cartoons, pictures, games, puzzles, experiments, meet the
scientist, and other such things please do send them to me! Your help
would be *very* appreciated. As well we will be having two online chats
with scientists within the next month. -
++ International Chapters ++
++ Argentina, Latin America
Jorge Mermoz, mailto:JMermoz@bds.esc.edu.ar
Andrew Hamilton, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparations for Bob Zubrin's tour in March are progressing with
corporate sponsorship obtained and a number of speaking engagements
the planing, some considerably advanced.
Antoon Van Boxstael, mailto:Antoon@hotmail.com
Marc Boucher, mailto: email@example.com
Nothing to report.
++ Ottawa Chapter
Jean Lagarde, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ottawa Chapter had a respectable turnout for its Marsfest on 3
We had a 300 seat theater packed for a while, but given the end result,
people did not stay as long as we had hoped. Nevertheless, they now
a lot more about the Mars Society, so we consider our event a success!
We were able to get coverage on the local CBC TV news, and had an
announcement in The Citizen, the main city newspaper.
Market research from the Marsfest: The T-Shirts from the Toronto chapter
are really hot! But we found that the black ones sold better than the
white ones. We also had some Mars millenium calendars from Kandis
Elliot. I wanted to see if we could sell them for $30 CDN, i.e. only
per year ;-) but we only managed to sell one at that price. Guess we
might have to accept making less profit on those in Canada.
++ Toronto Chapter
Rocky Persaud, mailto:email@example.com
During the few days before and after the Polar Lander touchdown
(crashdown?), chapter member Darlene Lim was interviewed by many media
organizations (18 interviews with CBC Radio for difference time zones,
with the cable channel CBC Newsworld, 1 with CBC online, and 1 with
Radio Worldwide). In addition Darlene and another chapter member,
aerospace engineer Roland Seurig, participated in live commentary on
December 3rd for CTV Newsnet's coverage of the Mars Polar Lander
The Toronto Chapter's tshirt with the slogan "Mars: Object Is Closer
Than It Appears" has been enormously successful, prompting us to order
an additional 100 black shirts to fill the demand. We expect to order
additional batch shortly before the conference in the summer.
Speaking of which, plans for the conference is filling out. The eight
task teams (PR & Outreach, Media, Banquet & Social Night, Abstract
Sponsorship, Tourism, Products & Vendors, Education, and Content)
producing timelimes and strategy plans for accomplishing their goals,
and volunteers continue to come forward.
Chapter members have volunteered to participate in the Canadian National
Marsville project, where we'll serve as mentors to school children
designing their own version on the Mars Arctic Research Station.
In January, chapter member Jeff Cadieux will be making Mars Society
Mars Direct presentations before two local amateur astronomy
For more infomation visit our webpage at:
Cristian Puebla-Menne, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Cyprus, Mediterranean
George Lordos, mailto:Lordos@mit.edu
Richard Heidmann, mailto:Rheidmann@aol.com
Michael Bosch, mailto:Michael.Bosch@wiwi.uni-regensburg.de
Olafur Patrick Olafsson, mailto:email@example.com
Alin Moss, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Fabrizio Pirondini, mailto:email@example.com
Onizuka, Michitaka, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiosuke Murakawa, mailto: email@example.com
Rich Robins, mailto: Mars@SpaceProjects.com
Rich Robins, Esq., the Mexico Chapter´s founder (who is about to venture
to nearly airless Mexico City for a few days), has recently thoroughly
read Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization. Impressed,
has begun highly recommending it to people who first invested in Mexico
back when the North American Free Trade Agreement was still the
pioneering topic. Meanwhile, frustrated that Space.com´s poll still
the Moon winning out over Mars, Rich has also recently made the Mexico
Chapter´s website as search engine-friendly as possible using free
from sites such as http://www.searchenginewatch.com and
http://www.webpromote.com. He has also re-registered it at the leading
search engines´ "ADD URL" pages, (which, to save time, are >directly<
linked from the very, very bottom of
http://www.SpaceProjects.com/Directory.com.mx ). Finally, he has called
many different people´s attention to the upcoming Mars movies, linked
Happy New Year!
Arno Wielders, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
We have added a newsgrouplist were people can ventilate their views
Mars, space travel and terraforming issues. Furthermore we are starting
to become a legal foundation in the Netherlands by making some
foundation rules, etc. Next we have send out our second news letter
the 3 of januari, and a number of fifty people are getting it and are
++ New Zealand
David Maclenna, apparently corrupt e-mail address
Johan Veerman, mailto:email@example.com
Kin Enriquez, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Mar Society Polska
Piotr Moskal, mailto:email@example.com
It's a rather peaceful period in Poland these days. We're waiting for
the finalization of the registration process of our chapter in the
court. We joined forces with the Polish Astronautical Society and are
helping to organize the Planetary Society's "Red Rover Goes to Mars"
contest in Poland. Also, we are preparing to a speech at the University
of Warsaw concerning Mars and possibilities of its colonization. We're
trying to enter in contact with radio & TV representatives - maybe
will be possible to make some TV presentation about MS, but it's not
sure yet. That would be all for the moment.
Gennady Gusev, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
++ South Africa
Evan James Dembskey, mailto:email@example.com
Had a small meeting consisting of 7 individuals (including press).
may form the core for a renewed thrust in South Africa.
++ Spain, Canary Islands
Cayetano Santana Gil, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Spain, Peninsular
Alexander Hristov, mailto:email@example.com
Claes-Gustaf Nordquist, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing new to report - yet. Claes.
Claude-Alain Roten, mailto:email@example.com
Gabriel Borruat, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Vladymy Shevernytskyy, mailto:email@example.com
++ United Kingdom
Bo Maxwell, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mars Society UK remains increasingly active, with the Board
formulating both near and long-term plans to bring home to the public,
schools, colleges, industry and government the viability and necessity
of an international humans to Mars programme in which Britain plays
major role. Events that will encompass the entire country are currently
being planned, and our aims and goals for 2000 are currently being
The Society and the MARS Arctic Research Station were covered by a Sky
News "Millennium Special" broadcast across Europe over the Christmas
period. The 1/2 hour programme looked at the question of space
exploration in the new century and concentrated heavily on humans to
Mars. Bo Maxwell was interviewed during the course of the programme,
Sky are in the process of making a video copy of the programme available
to the Society.
The Society has re-initiated the monthly London "Spacepub" meetings
were once a regular feature of the space advocacy scene in England's
capital, but which had died a death a few years ago. Bringing together
space advocates, aerospace professionals and journalists, the "Spacepub"
evenings offer an excellent opportunity for the Society to gather
contacts and forge links with other organisations in the informal
settings of one of London's better pubs!
Work continues on the UK conference, although difficulties with the
venue mean the event will most likely be pushed back to the latter
On January 29th, the Society will be co-hosting its first major event
2000, entitled "An Afternoon on Mars". Run in conjunction with the
Challenger Learning Centre, this will comprise:
* an open afternoon for members and non-members alike
* Talks and presentations by members of the Challenger Learning Centre
the Mars Society
* The opportunity to fly a simulated mission to Mars using the
the Challenger Learning Centre.
We are planning this to be the first of several such joint events with
Challenger Learning Centre throughout 2000.
++ Task Forces/Special Interests ++
++ Executive Director
Maggie Zubrin, mailto:email@example.com
We are losing our Office Manager due to relocation. I am actively
looking for part-time help in this department. This is a great
opportunity for students to become involved and earn some extra money.
Anyone in the Denver area who would like to apply for the position
The renewal forms for January through March should be mailed sometime
during the next few weeks. We are still waiting to hear back from many
members who have already received their renewal information. Please
encourage everyone to take the time to renew. Renewals can also be
at the website.
So far, only three international chapters have responded to our
invitation to consolidate membership. Under this program, members who
joined through the auspices of the international chapter received ID
cards and membership access to the website. Responding chapters are:
Australia - 39 members
France - 69 members
United Kingdom - *
Please find the time to get this data to HQ, as consolidation of
membership data greatly enhances our ability to communicate with the
We are starting to see some sales at our Mall. We have added some great
new merchants. Reports are that things went less than perfectly during
the holiday rush for some of our merchants. If you anyone has
experienced any problems, do let me know.
There have been several requests for replicas of the Mars Flag. Because
I am somewhat limited as a seamstress, we have outsourced this task
will be offering a very limited number of Martian flags for sale in
near future. The quality, if not the historical value, will be somewhat
improved over the original. I will respond to those who have sent
requests when the info is available.
Brochures have been updated and are available for chapters. We would
like to request $25 per 100 if possible to help defray costs. Please
note, although we would appreciate a contribution from chapters of
$25/100 ordered for the new brochure, we are not requiring payment.
chief goal is to get the brochures distributed in outreach events.
I would like to remind members that conference registration will
automatically renew their membership for twelve months ending 8/13/2001.
If you are planning to attend the conference, you can simplify the
process by registering early and renewing at the same time.
Tony Santana, mailto: TSMarsCo@aol.com
Tom Becker, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Fundraising Task Force
Kristin Boekhoff, mailto:email@example.com
Nothing to report, but please note that my e-mail address has changed
to the fact that I have a new job.)
++ Graphics and Production
Gary Hollingshead, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Trying to finalize the latest CD. Still have some missing links. We
working out the new interface for both Mac & PC format.
++ Internet Task Force
Marc Boucher - email@example.com
Harold Miller - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mars Petition is now on the Mars Society web site. We encourage
members to sign it. -
The Mars Artcic Research Station web site has been updated with new
renderings. A short technical explanation of the renderings will posted
shortly. - http://home.marssociety.org/arctic/
++ Martian Civilization and Culture Group
(late Law and Governance Task Force)
Ruth Waterton, mailto:email@example.com>
The "how to build a dome" discussions continue to run. We've a small
growing group setting up a settlement simulation on webspace donated
Red Planet Research Inc - if you are interested contact Ruth. Look
for the latest "New Mars" featuring fiction by Group members, some
funny, some tragic, all Martian and thought-provoking. Still looking
people to clean up our website and post new material - if you can help
say the word.
Maggie Zubrin, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
See Executive Director's report
++ Mars Arctic Task Force
Kurt Micheels, mailto: email@example.com
A contract was awarded on December 30 for fabrication of the hab shell
and structure. Design and construction of the interior is proceeding
concurrently as we assume a fast track approach to completeing the
project on time. Current plans call for completion of assembly on May
and an onsite assembly and interior buildout requiring 6 weeks.
++ Political and Public Outreach
Brian Frankie, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Carberry, mailto: email@example.com
Operation president is gaining speed
Two Mars movie will be released this year. We hope to use them to
publicize our cause. We are planning to have chapters around the country
set up display tables at movie theaters. See the movie outreach site
We are also starting an Airshow outreach initiative. Many of the larger
airshow can have hundreds of thousands of people in attendence. We
to have chapters at at least a dozen airshows this year. See the airshow
worry! We will beautify this site in the next few weeks.
Coming soon - NASA Budget website....
Jim Burk, Editor-in-Chief -- firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Ares CD-ROM Project
(email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jim Burk, Project leader
++ Provisional Members' Council
Chris Vancil, CVANCIL@aol.com
Editor's note - VOTE!
++ New Mars
Richard Wagner, mailto:email@example.com
With the gracious guest editorial help of Ruth Waterton, we're back.
We've made some mods to the site, which should (hopefully) lead to
tighter publication. Please let me know what you think.
++ Mars Polar Lander Mirror Site
Richard Wagner, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Marc Boucher, mailto:email@example.com
Bruce Mackenzie, mailto: BMackenzie@alum.mit.edu
Nothing new to report, but Slide sets and Web space are still available
Ogólne pytania proszę kierować pod adres firstname.lastname@example.org
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