++ U. S. Chapters ++
Mark Eby, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alabama chapter has lost its chapter head and primary chapter contact
due to increasing duties with the ISS. Tom Hancock will continue to
an advanced propulsion seminar.
An egroups discussion forum was started to help organize the chapter.
Response is disappointing. Only roughly a third of Alabama members
interested in being an active part of the chapter.
The egroups forum was used to approve Mark Eby as new chapter contact
Chapter's Council representative in an unopposed election. Volunteers
chapter head and other officer positions are needed to help get the
into an active mode. A Huntsville metro area resident would be a big
Marilyn Dudley-Rowley, mailto:MD-R@msn.com
Bill Gjestvang, mailto:DataWolf@IBM.net
Wayne Bowen, mailto:email@example.com
Nothing to report.
++ California, CALTECH-JPL
Derek Shannon, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ California, Central Valley
Domenique van der Goore, mailto:email@example.com
++ Northern California Chapter
Bill Weitze, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
December News: On December 4, the Northern California chapter had a
MarsDay event at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. In the
member Kevin Hand, "we all pulled together and pulled it off. We had
time and the tech folks had a great time. There's talk of future event
already in the works . . . perhaps even an annual Mars Day! Special
to Caren [Pelletier], John McKnight, Mike [Hicks], Frank, Mike [Pelletier],
Mark, John Paterson, Dustin [Putnam], Bruce and Bill [Weitze] for much
the behind the scenes work. Also of note: cheers once again to Peg
Cela for making a minor Hohman transfer to get from way up north down
Tech on Saturday morning."
Member Nick Walker produced some "damn nice t-shirts" (per Kevin Hand)
the members to wear at the MarsFest/MarsDay event. They are based on
Mars California logo created by member Tom Gangale, which you can see
website (http://chapters.marssociety.org/northca). By the way, Nick
elected "supreme delegator", the closest thing to chapter leader you
in a group like ours, back in October.
Finally, member Kevin Hand is the Bay Area on Tuesday of next week.
"bumming around Europe and Africa talking to kids about Mars and life
universe. I'll be gone till June. if you know anybody with a classroom
and/or a couch I'd love their information." He's also looking for a
for his friend in Nairobi; contact Kevin at email@example.com.
January News: The Northern California chapter met at Kublai Khan's Mongolian
Barbecue in San Francisco on January 15. Sam Burbank volunteered and
chosen as chapter representative to the Chapter's Council (formerly
preliminary member's council).
Our February meeting is expected to open with a general interest lecture
open to the public. We hope to do this sort of thing every month. John
McKnight and Patrick Beatty will be helping set up the meeting, possibly
a local university. Ideas, contacts, and help are welcomed.
Bill Weitze (me) volunteered and was chosen as chapter contact for the
Planet Satellite Report.
Other future projects for our chapter include setting up a sister chapter
relationship, and having booths or tables at movie openings for Mission
After the "formal" meeting, there was a free-form discussion of future
political activity in the wake of the loss of the Mars Polar Lander.
Pascal Lee gave reports on the progress of the M.A.R.S. project and
Program Independent Assessment Team (MPIAT) which will be reviewing
execution of the Mars missions to date.
++ California, South
Dave Jedynak, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocky Mountain Mars Society (RMMS)
Brad Jarvis, email@example.com
Dick Brodeur (mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org )
The next Florida meeting is this Saturday the 5th. A video conference
the Mars Society staff in Colorado is planned. More to report after
++ RedDirt (Georgia)
Mike Kretsch, mailto: email@example.com
Febuary Meeting Feb 12 Rocky Mtn Pizza 12:00 noon, Hemphill and 10th
Ga. Agenda: Meet New members, Regroup on projects
Matt Rohrer, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Struble, mailto: email@example.com
++ Chicago-Illinois Mars Society
Matthew Lowry, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary Chicago Chapter -- http://chapters.marssociety.org/usa/il/
The Chicago chapter will be reaching out to the public in many ways
plan to get more involved with Mars Society related presentations at
local Adler Planetarium; this also includes the creation of a Chicago
chapter specific presentation and possibly some Mars related displays
well. Also, we're planning some kind of outreach via the opening of
to Mars" -- for more information on movie outreach in our area, contact
Huber at email@example.com
Our very own Jim Plaxco -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- will be our primary
contact for upcoming area science-fiction conventions. This week, Jim
put in an appearance at Capricom, and he also plans to attend ChiCom
August) on behalf of the Mars Society to spread our mission to sci-fi
Dejan Vucinic and Doug Hubbard both discussed their plans to present
at the upcoming convention in Toronto. Dejan will be addressing financial
options for the private financing of space missions. Doug will present
very interesting mission design that he dubs "Mars MORE Direct". Our
is very interesting in hearing about Doug's ideas & analyzing them
tuned for more details!
North Shore sub-chapter -- http://www.astrodigital.org/nsms
For minutes of our latest meeting (1-20-00) see the website above.
sister chapter in the North Shore is also planning on reaching out
theaters upon the opening of "Mission to Mars" in March. For more details,
contact Matt Lowry at email@example.com
Steve Resler, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Katharine Osborne, mailto:email@example.com
Holly Kellogg, mailto:HKellogg@feist.com
Shelly Hynes, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ MD, DC, VA
Theresa Klein, mailto: email@example.com
Julie Edwards, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our executive committee met on Sunday at an Ann Arbor Big Boy restaurant
discussed a variety of subjects over brunch, including this year's
election of officers, which SciFi conventions to have a table, a possible
banner to use at events, a possible money-making project, and other
Our portable Mars Hab model is still under construction. We hope to
presentable by May when we plan to show it at the Jackson Space Museum
their "What's Up Weekend".
Our next regular monthly meeting will be on the University of Michigan
Campus, 1024 FXB, 1-3PM on Saturday 19 February 2000.
Ben Huset, mailto:BenHuset@skypoint.com
++ MS MARS - the Mississippi Chapter of The Mars Society
Garry W. Speer, mailto: VMSmith1@aol.com
Nothing new to report (except that it isn't supposed to be this cold
Deep South ... LOL) Onward to Mars !!!
++ Missouri -- Kansas City
George Howard, mailto:Ghoward683@aol.com
++ Nebraska Chapter
Derrick M. Davis, mailto:email@example.com
The Nebraska chapter met January 15th and started working up our strategy
for 2000. Our web pages are being updated and our next meeting will
February 5th. While we are a small chapter this month, we are making
We are extending invitations to the local members of the Artemis Society,
the Planetary Society, and the SETI group. It may be possible for us
develop a cross-program list of common goals and a cross-program priority
list allowing us to mutually support each other when possible (agreeing
disagree on the rest) and present a much larger unified front.
GO BIG RED !!!
Shawn Plunket, mailto:SPlunket@aol.com
++ New England Chapter
Sdhannon Russell, mailto: sjrussel@MIT.EDU
February 24, 2000: MarsPlane Talk by JC Lede, an engineer at Aurora
Sciences: be a part of history and help start the MIT Mars Airplane
++ New Jersey
Vacant. (Know anybody for NJ contact duty?)
++ New York
Paul Contursi, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
On January 27, the New York Chapter presented a special assembly to
students and faculty at the Riverdale Country School in the Bronx.
to the local office of Senator Charles Schumer is set for Tuesday,
1 at 10 AM.
++ New Mexico
Eric Orrill, mailto:email@example.com
++ Northern New Mexico Chapter (or Los Alamos Chapter)
Lisa Ice, firstname.lastname@example.org
++ North Dakota
John R. Cable, mail to:email@example.com
I am in the process of making an apointment with a physics instructor
Minot State University.
++ North Dakota, Eastern
Jonathan Hovland, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
e-mail no longer valid -- anyone with info on this?
++ Ohio Chapter
Tamarack R. Czarnik, mailto: email@example.com
*Presentations*: 'Mars Direct' presentations were given on 22 Jan to
Kettering-Moraine Branch Library,and a Colloquium Presentation to Bowling
Green State University is coming on 29 Feb 2000.
*Public Outreach*: Ohio has elected her Council Representative - Matt
Dumstorf, MD, and opened her voting eGroup - Mars_Society_Ohio. Preparations
are also underway for 10 March 2000 'Mission to Mars' movie tables
several Ohio cities.
*Media*: Ohio Chair Tam Czarnik was quoted in latest issue of 'Ad Astra',
supporting Human Mars missions. And finally, Founder Bob Zubrin will
at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio on February 7th.
John Ohlheiser, mailto:JPO10708@aol.com
++ Oregon Chapter
Gus Frederick mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mars Millennium Project:
Work progresses on the Mars Millennium Project Web resource being created
partnership with the Oregon Public Education Network. Several Social
lessons dealing with history are currently in place, as is an Art section
constructing a Martian lava tube model. Also, the first field reports
one of our schools is posted.
Upcoming developments will focus on more subject lessons, as well as
fleshing out of the "ET Agriculture" section. We have received permission
from the Stewart-Peterson group to modify many of their online "Ag
Ed-Network" agriculture lessons to apply to Martian Colony use. A new
Command Control Panel" has been implemented for a fun way to navigate
site: http://www.open.k12.or.us/mars/mcontrol.html The site URL is
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
Saturday before the Oregon Primary elections in May, when the candidate
critters are in state. We are waiting to get "National Annointment"
to add to the credibility factor.
Our next "roving" meeting will be in Redmond, Oregon in March. We hope
include several of the school teams there working with us on the MMP,
hopefully visit one of numerous lava tube caves located in the area.
to show TMS slide show, and our completed Martian Lava Tube Model.
MSOR Chapter Secretary Gus Frederick appeared on Oregon Public
Broadcasting's monthly "Starliner" radio show. This is a regular 1-hour
feature that explores different aspects of space exploration. An interview
with the "Stayton Mail" rural weekly newspaper is scheduled at the
the week. Likewise, a "media blitz" is planned for our March meeting.
++ Central PA /Penn State University Mars Society Chapter
Wojciech Klimkiewicz, Ph.D., mailto:email@example.com
Twenty undergraduate students from Penn State are working on Human
Exploration and Development of Space program at Penn State (Course
and ME497C for EE, ME and honors students). Our subject is Adaptive
for Mars Human Exploration and Development of Space (ARM-HEDS). This
learning the Mars Science (Mars in the universe, Water, Atmosphere,
Geology and Volcanic Activity, Interior, Biology and Life on Mars,
Regions, Mars Future - Terraforming, Surface, Maps, etc), designing
missions to help humans (Locomotion, Actuation, Sensing, Navigation,
Control, Resource Production, Science Experiments, Testbed - How to
here on Earth the system designed for Mars, Building Model), and Mars
outreach. Students are maintaining their website at
http://www.engr.psu.edu/ee/pub/ee497d/ (under rapid development). Anyone
welcome with comments, suggestions, and helping hands.
++ Philadelphia (Independence) Chapter
Gary C. Fisher, mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Independence chapter has been out in front of the public in the
Mars Society members Earl Bennett and Michelle Baker. Earl and Michelle
at the Trenton (NJ) State Museum January 22 and 23 during "Super Science
Weekend" at the museum.
Earl spent both days staffing a table representing both the Mars Society
the other organizations that make up PASA (the Philadelphia Area Space
Alliance). Chapter member Hank Smith helped out on Sunday. Earl entertained
and informed hundreds of children and adults. Mars Direct was presented
using the two display boards Gary Fisher put together for our table
Philcon in November. Earls was well stocked with a supply of Mars Society
brochures and pencils. The pencils (red, with the Mars Society web
on them) were a great hit.
Michelle gave four presentations: tow on Saturday on "Robots Working
Space" and two on Sunday on "A 3-D Tour of the Solar System." At all
was standing room only.
The chapter had a meeting Saturday, January 27 at which we discussed
Chapters Council, and how to use the new movie "Mission to Mars" for
outreach. The next meeting will be Saturday, February 26 from 1 to
3 at the
'Brew Moon' pub and restaurant at the King of Prussia Mall.
Gary Fisher was elected, via a onelist.com survey, to represent all
Pennsylvania chapters in the Chapters Council.
++ Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Mars Society of Pittsburgh
Daniar Hussain, mailto:email@example.com
++ Puerto Rico
Jose Lopez Reyes, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Rhode Island
Steve Connors, mailto:email@example.com
++ South Carolina
Richard Allen Brown, mailto:Charlestonideas@hotmail.com
++ Tennessee - Kentucky
Trae Winter, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Texas, Austin
Tim Crain, mailto:email@example.com
++ Texas, Dallas
Scott Bell, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Mars Society of Houston
Chris Barnes, mailto: USAMarsMan@aol.com
The Mars Society of Houston kicked off the year 2000 with officer elections.
Chris Barnes was reelected President of the chapter, but the other
have new faces. They are as follows:
Francis Govers -- Vice President
Karen Mauer -- Secretary
Chris Casper -- Treasurer
Officer meetings will be held each month so that regular meetings can
with Mars-related topics.
The January meeting discussed MarsFest and the failure of the MPL mission.
Theories were discussed, and it was agreed upon that separation failure
the most likely cause of the loss of the MPL. It is the only scenario
we know of that would account for the loss of the lander and both probes.
Projects were discussed, including having a presence at some theatres
the showing of the movie 'Mission to Mars' and doing member recruitment.
business plan is in the works by the new Treasurer for our chapter
be revealed at a later meeting.
The next meeting of the MSOH will take place Sunday, February 20th at
On to Mars!!!!
Tom Allred, mailto:AllredTj@ubtanet.com
++ Washington, Grays Harbor/Olympic Peninsula
Johannes Helgeson, mailto:email@example.com
++ Mars Society Puget Sound
Jim Burk, President ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
We are making plans for displays at area movie theatres to coincide
Mission to Mars, opening March 10. So far, most theatre managers say
won't know if their theatre will have the movie until 3 weeks before
release. Our chapter has been invited to the Pacific Place 11 theatre
downtown Seattle for our chapters' showing -- no scheduled time yet,
also hope to get some press people there so we can make a statement
Also planning for NorWesCon on April 20-24, and beginning plans for
Corners" meeting of the Seattle, Oregon, Vancouver/BC, Idaho and other
Mars Society chapters. The Four Corners meeting will be a 1-2 day long
series of scientific Mars panels as well as regional Chapter coordination.
May be held in a resort lodge in eastern Washington State sometime
++ West Virginia
Robert Strong, mailto:strongro@WLSVAX.WVNET.EDU
Scott Davis, mailto: email@example.com
Patrick Banks, PAT@uwyo.edu
++ Mars Youth Group
Margarita Marinova, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
The first issue of the Mars Youth Newsletter - *The Martian Chronicles*
now out!!!!!! Check it out on our website! Please distribute it freely!
E-mail people about it, or print it out (file is in PDF format)! Give
your kids to take to school or take it yourself to the nearby school!
trying to reach as many youth as possible - your help would be greatly
appreciated! Please send your submissions for the newsletter to Margarita
This issue of The Martian Chronicles features: Meet the Scientist: Dr.
Pascal Lee ~ Water on Mars ~ Does Mars have the Right Stuff for Life?
Puzzle of the Week ~ A Future History ~ Artificial Gravity on a Mars
The Youth Chapter would like to have a representative at the Chapters'
Council - so we need more people to designate the Youth Chapter as
primary chapter. If you are, or know someone who is a paid member of
Mars Society and is under 30, and would like to designate the Youth
as their main chapter - please let me know ASAP! Thanks!
++ International Chapters ++
++ Argentina/Latin America
Gabriel Rshaid, mailto: email@example.com
Holiday period in Argentina. We are in the process of planning activities
for this year, and trying to form a group to attend the Convention
Toronto. One of the immediate objectives is to consolidate the working
groups from the teacher and student conferences held in Buenos Aires
Andrew Hamilton, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsorship and planning for March Zubrin tour going well.
Antoon Van Boxstael, mailto:Antoon@hotmail.com
Marc Boucher, mailto:email@example.com
Web Address: http://canada.marssociety.org
Report: The Canadian chapter has nearly completed the process for
incorporating as a non-profit organization in Canada. With the incorporation
we are holding a contest for a new Mars Society Canada logo.
The Canadian Space Agency has put out an announcement of opportunity
which Canadian researchers can submit proposals which could receive
50K in funding. As the arctic research station will be in Canada we
looking at submitting a proposal to get some funds to support the station
through some sort of scientific project. For more information on the
Canadian chapter please visit our web site.
++ Ottawa Chapter
Jean Lagarde, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Toronto Chapter
Rocky Persaud, mailto:email@example.com
The Toronto chapter is continuing preparations for the 3rd Annual Mars
Society Conference. We've been looking at ways to coordinate PR with
chapters and organizations; investigating sponsorship opportunities
funding the production of the program book; making contacts with
entertainers for the banquet; brainstorming ideas for guests to invite;
answering concerns from potential exhibitors; and mapping out tourism
logistics for conference attendees.
Chapter member Darlene Lim has conducted another 12 CBC-Radio interviews
about the Haughton-Mars Project and the Mars Society. She also did
interview with Ming Pao, the largest Chinese national daily newspaper,
with Spacedaily ( article can be found 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, email@example.com
Two new members joined, bringing the total Icelandic Mars Society membership
to three. Information about the upcoming Mars Polar Conference can
at the following website (thanks to local member Vidar Vikingsson for
pointing out this website): http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/polar2000/
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
Getting ready for the e-mail news letter distribution.
Rich Robins, mailto: Mars@SpaceProjects.com
Mexico's "neighbors" of Brazil and Argentina already have space programs,
the Mexico Chapter's founder (Rich Robins) has been in contact with
Executive Director of the U.S.A. - Mexico Foundation for Science
(http://www.fumec.org.mx ) to see if anything could finally materialize
Mexico. It's an election year, however, so there hasn't been much optimism
on Guillermo Fernandez de la Garza's part [firstname.lastname@example.org
tel. in Mexico City: (525) 524-5150]. Perhaps after July 2nd, though,
especially if the country's main university (UNAM) is finally recaptured
from Marxist insurgents that astonishingly closed it all down ten months
Meanwhile, all Mexicans who have e-mailed an expression of interest
Mars Society have been notified of the Mars Petition Spanish language
version, and asked to sign it despite its English language signature
(and concerns about spam mail from third parties). Mars awaits!
Arno Wielders, mailto:email@example.com
We are currently busy with the Chamber of Commerce to become a legal
Society. Secondly, the first Dutch lecture of the Mars Society is almost
finished. Third: On 11 Februari we will again be on National Radio
the work of the Mars Society and its long term goals.
Voorwaarts Mars! (Go Mars! in Dutch)
++ New Zealand
David Maclenna, apparently corrupt e-mail address
Johan Veerman, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Kin Enriquez, mailto:email@example.com
++ Mars Society Polska
Piotr Moskal, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week we had a presentation at the University of Warsaw, we are
preparing to a slide show in Poznan, where a club of fantasy fans is
planning to organize a conference. Also, we'll try to organize a
presentation at the Politechnics School in Warsaw, but nothing is settled
yet. I'm a bit occupied now with the Chapter's Council activities,
members are quite active, so work is going on with a satisfying speed.
Gennady Gusev, mailto: email@example.com
- preparing to present Zubrin's book
- two lectures 10/02/2000 about history and future of Mars exploration
- 7-12/02/2000 "meetings in streets"
++ South Africa
Evan James Dembskey, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Spain, Canary Islands
Cayetano Santana Gil, mailto: email@example.com
++ Spain, Peninsular
Alexander Hristov, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Claes-Gustaf Nordquist, mailto:email@example.com
Nothing new to report - yet. Claes.
Claude-Alain Roten, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel Borruat, mailto:email@example.com
Vladymy Shevernytskyy, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
1-In spite of the fact that a lot of Ukrainians are interested in Mars
Society activities our Ukrainian chapter have only two paid members
2-With the purpose of better financing of our chapter development we
designed special project, which one might be financed by grants of
international assistance programs initiated to help nonprofits for
development(UNDP program, etc.). We are going to get funds for this
in April 2000.
3-Now we have an information about some Dnipropetrovsk State University
projects and about Kiev Planetarium educational program included Mars
dedicated lectures. But this projects and program need funding and
had to be
4-For more fruitfully funding the Ukraine participation in the global
programs of motion of mankind to Mars, which one are originated in
other forward countries of the world, it is necessary for us to raise
development level of Ukraine cities.
In the century of information technologies, taking into account a deficit
Ukraine urban financial resources, it is extremely necessary for us
optimally operate end economize of funds, to have the controlled urban
budgets which might be capable to fund Ukraine cities development and
For this reason the Ukrainian division of Mars Society has put forward
proposal of designing a program of an applying the best world practices
town management in the Kiev municipal council.
The headline of this proposal is the learning of experience in practical
usage of modern computer technologies and organizational solutions
control, especially in multi-project scheduling and management of the
budget and resources.
We suppose that this practice might be useful also for Mars Society
scheduling and managing of their project budgets in future. Because
application of modern computer systems of protect management could
to 40% of overall project resources.
++ Mars Society UK Ltd.
Bo Maxwell (mailto:email@example.com)
On January 26th 2000, Philip Dembo and Bo Maxwell attended the Parliamentary
Committee on Space at the House of Commons, where Astronaut Jeff Hoffman
addressing the Committee and advising them on NASA projects and activities.
The event was an opportunity for the Society to make itself known to
Committee and to speak to members (from both industry and politics)
following the main session. Plans are now under development for further
meetings with various committees at the House.
25 people attended the Society's "Afternoon on Mars" on the 29th January
the Challenger Learning Centre, Leicester. The high-point of the event
simulated Mars mission using the CLC's excellent facilities. 24 people
part in the simulation, split into two teams.
The first half of the mission saw Team One "Flying" a Mars Lander vehicle
down to a base on Mars while carrying out various experiments and with
radio support of Team Two down in the Mars Base itself. The second
the mission saw Team Two use the ascent stage of the vehicle to climb
to Mars orbit (under the guidance of Team One in the Mars Base), launch
probe to Deimos and then rendezvous with their "mother ship" for the
back to Earth.
Dealing with solar flares, oxygen leaks, computer failures and other
problems, we're please to say that both teams successfully completed
tasks and may now be the first members of the Mars Society membership
actually "qualified" to fly a mission to Mars!
We'll hopefully be running more of these events with the CLC over the
of the year.
Following the mission, the UK Board of Directors unveiled the UK Society's
"10-point plan" for the year 2000 to the membership and tabled an open
discussion on where and how members could be involved in our on-going
The 10-point plan concentrates on the key accountabilities with the
to forward the message and ideal of the human exploration of Mars,
political lobbying, public outreach, fundraising, education, industrial
support, and project development. Coupled with items such as a major
re-development of the UK website (see below), the major watch words
Society in the UK are "Credibility and Visibility".
* Credibility - to ensure the Mars Society is known as a "centre of
excellence" not only for Mars-related information, but also for space
advocacy in the UK in general. Through sensible, professional, determined
work in all fields of outreach, lobbying, fundraising, etc., we intend
make the Mars Society the most respected space advocacy organisation
* Visibility - to ensure that whenever information is needed on Mars,
whenever Mars is in the news, the Mars Society UK is at the top of
of contacts within the media.
In January, Paul Allen joined the staff looking after the website. Paul
have primary responsibility for the UK Chapter's SmartGroups message
database and events centre. Ivan Dale has taken on the management of
Scottish Group's website, and they and the rest of the team will be
throughout the year to completely re-vamp and extend the UK website
major Mars-related resource centre.
Aware of need to change the political and industrial landscape in the
with regards to this country's involvement in space exploration and
endeavours in space, the Mars Society UK has joined with UK-SEDS, the
Settlers and several other space advocacy groups in forming the Space
Development Council. The aims of the SDC will be to promote the UK's
involvement in space research and development through active lobbying
government and industry alike.
Finally, the UK is in the process of linking up with the Ukrainian Chapter
of the Society to discuss the potential for co-managed projects.
Just 31 days into the year, and already 2000 looks like being a busy
for us here in the UK.
++ Task Forces/Special Interests ++
++ Executive Director
Maggie Zubrin, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is an update on our membership data base.
Renewal reminders were sent to approximately 980 members in November.
date, we have received 440 renewal registrations - or 45%. This represents
an exceptional response. Considering that around 15% - 20% of our member
addresses were obsolete, the result is even more impressive. Thanks
who responded and a special thanks to those members who included donations.
We will be sending out renewal reminders for those with expiration dates
the first quarter of 2000 in a few weeks. Remember, you can also renew
the website by using the registration link and noting renewal in the
comments section. I check every registration, so even if you leave
I should be able to identify your renewal. Full conference registration
includes renewal of membership through 8/13/2001.
Additional statistics have stayed relatively stable. Student membership
comprises 21% of the society. Females make up 14%. The percentage of
taking advantage of discounted senior rates is small, at less than
The membership numbers have continued to grow. We currently have 2550
members and gain about 5 per day. Top chapters by registered membership
United States Chapters:
Rocky Mountain - 265
S. California - 175
N. California - 168
VA/DC/MD - 132
New England - 116
New York - 94
Puget Sound - 88
Florida - 76
Illinois - 71
Houston, TX - 71
Some chapters may be suprised to see how many members they have compared
how many participate. Any chapter contact who wishes to obtain email
addressed for her constituency should email me.
International chapters continue to grow. Chapters with the most registered
Canada - 148
United Kingdom - 109
France - 71
Australia - 41
Germany - 31
Scandinavia - 12
Japan - 9
Switzerland - 9
Belgium - 7
Spain - 5
Thanks to the Australian, French and British chapters for sending me
New chapter formation continues. I had a great response to my request
contacts in Tennessee and Kentucky. As a result, we have new chapters
forming in Nashville, Memphis and Louisville. Arizona has also been
reinvigorated with chapters forming in Phoenix and Tucson. We have
gained an e-mail contact for North Carolina. Thanks to all the intrepid
We have added a chapter at UCLA thanks to the mentoring of Derek Shannon
from Cal-tech. I am pressing for several other local chapters in the
California area. The Cal-tech/JPL group is dynamite, but not everyone
travel the distance to attend meetings.
Internationally, we have recently added chapters in India and Greece,
historically very important seats of learning and culture.
Convention plans are proceeding smoothly. We have 54 registrations so
In past years, registration did not open until February. We will be
reminders to members in the spring. It is key that those intending
on campus in dormitory rooms book early. The dorm rooms are a real
and limited in number.
A very small quantity of Mars flags has been manufactured. Chapters
order a 3' by 2' flag for $20 by emailing me.
The Mars Mall has been a qualified success. Amazon.com sales are super
we have made close to $3,000 to date from commissions. The other stores
not been as successful, but the Mall is very low maintenance, so all
are profit. Remember 1-800-Flowers for Valentines day.
++ Mars Civilization and Culture
Bev Conolly, mailto: email@example.com
Discussions of the last couple of weeks have been focussing on whether
not Mars should have a Constitution/Settlement Charter/other official
document and if so, what form that document should take. Should a statement
regarding settlement issues such as personal rights, land
ownership/stewardship and local government be created before settlement
commences, or should we form a basic framework and let the Martians
for themselves whether such a document is needed now or ever? The financial
aspects of funding colonization have also been discussed with wide-ranging
and thoughtful suggestions made.
The flag issue has also surfaced again, as some members are concerned
the design that flew was adopted with little discussion. Frans Blok
Gangale have both created websites featuring some of the alternate
suggestions for a potential Martian flag. Tom's website
http://members.xoom.com/mars_ultor/culture/culture.htm is also running
poll of preference and he is seeking further submissions from members
Tony Santana, mailto: TSMarsCo@aol.com
Tom Becker, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Fundraising Task Force
Kristin Boekhoff, mailto:email@example.com
++ Graphics and Production
Gary Hollingshead, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Working on the new cover for the CD and finishing the opening for the
++ Internet Task Force
Marc Boucher, mailto:email@example.com
Harold Miller, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Members will have seen slight changes to the main web site in the last
month. More changes are coming as we slowly redesign the site. A new
archive is being created. Members with any Real Video or Quicktime
suggest that they be added to this new area. However only Mars Society
related video clips will be accepted.
The newly renamed Mars Society Flashline Arctic Research Station web
has had its web address and server changed. The new address is
http://arctic.marssociety.org/ and the site is now hosted on a server
by the society.
The Mars Petition is now on the Mars Society we site and available for
anyone to sign. We need as many signatures as possible so get the word
The petition is evolving into a new site and we are coordinating with
Mars and the originator of the petition to participate in this new
Maggie Zubrin, mailto:email@example.com
See Executive Director's report
++ Mars Arctic Task Force
Kurt Micheels, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
Infracomp has begun manufacturing the materials necessary to fabricate
honeycomb panels that will comprise the hab structure. On 01.24, John
provided the first material sample, for our inspection. Our scheduled
fabrication completion date is May 5, but Infracomp believes it possible
complete by April.
On February 16, National Geographic will come to the Mesa Fiberglass
facility to film the fabrication process and a construction meeting.
film footage will be included in a documentary that will be released
Over the weekend of 01.22/23, Sonja Holmes' group participated in a
charette". This is a focused exercise used in architecture to resolve
design issue or finalize it. Sonja and four other members of the University
of Colorado Sundance Lab worked continuously for 24 hours, "pinning
their work at 11:00am on Sunday. The result is considered the final
iteration of design for the hab interior, and after management review
be released to Infracomp for pricing. The Sundance Lab will use the
of the charette to finalize the 3D model, that is now scheduled for
completion on 02.15. A web site to accommodate the model, with virtual
- through capability, will be complete by May. This web site will be
accessible from the existing Arctic Base web site. It will also contain
plans, sections and historical drawings and descriptions.
Other hab related design work is being accomplished across the Atlantic.
student group at the Technical University of Vienna, lead by space
Barbara Imhoff are conducting a studio dedicated to exploring alternate
designs for Mars habitats and extreme environment labs that could be
deployed at Devon Island. At the Technical University of Munich, Professor
Andreas Vogler and Architect Richard Horden are developing "peripheral
systems" for integration with the hab. These include the green house,
garage and interior furnishings.
Back in the U.S. of A., a group lead by David Blersch at the University
Maryland have initiated study regarding design of a modular bioregenerative
system for the hab. This group is comprised of members of the Arctic
Task, but, due to potential broad applications to Mars exploration,
work will be conducted under Dr. Steven Braham and the Technical Task
In their first meeting last weekend (01.22/23) they decided to field
module in 2001.
++ Mars/ Arctic Life Support System group
Dean Calahan, mailto: email@example.com
More than a dozen members are forming a Life-Support group, "... around
notion of designing an ecological apparatus similar to a Living Machine.
Such a device is a possible solution to waste management problems at
Society's Arctic Research Station, or ultimately at the Society's
The members include Rudy Behrens, Dave Blersch, Steve Braham, Dean Calahan,
Mindy Jacobson, Pat Kangas, and Eric Biermann. A web page is being
to include the results of our first workshop, held on January 22nd
University of Maryland, College Park, but we won't publish the web
just yet, because it is not ready (and to encourage you to contact
rather than just sitting back and expecting things to happen without
help.) If interested in helping, contact Dean, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
++ Political and Public Outreach
Chris Carberry, mailto: email@example.com
The Outreach Task Force is moving ahead in many different directions.
Operation President http://www.marssociety.org/oppresident
We have now spoken to all of the Presidential candidates. We are now
to expand our effort across the country. We want to show that Mars
to be a major issue in the 2000 elections.
Mars Goes Hollywood http://home.marssociety.org/outreach
Thus far we have 8 chapters participating in our movie outreach program.
would like to have 15-20 chapters participating. Anyone interested
setting up a table at a movie theater, please let me know
Airshow Outreach http://home.marssociety.org/outreach
We are also starting an effort to have Mars Society members to have
presence at airshows around the country. This will be an opportunity
speak to hundreds of thousands of people.
By the beginning of March, we hope to have the NASA budget webpage up.
hope this will be the best source for NASA budget information and a
location for Congressional outreach
++Ares CD-Rom Task Force
Jim Burk, Task Force lead ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Still in post-production on Issue #2 -- we are waiting to hear from
Carroll's intermediary so we can get the correct high-res images for
cover of the issue. Beta 2 has been out now for over 1 1/2 months and
major problems have been reported. We are very proud of this issue
think it represents a quantum-leap in quality over the first issue.
We are already making plans for Issue #3 (spring issue on Astrobiology)
Issue #4 (summer issue on Arctic Base). If you have anything to contribute
or any ideas, send us mail at email@example.com
++ New Mars
Richard Wagner, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Mackenzie, mailto: BMackenzie@alum.mit.edu
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