The Founding :

The Space Coast Chapter of the Mars Society was founded by students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the fall of 2001. Jen Schuck and Brian Finifter had worked together during the summer of 2001 as volunteers at the Desert Research Station Habitation Module display at Kennedy Space Center. During their time working at "the Hab", they discovered that no organized chapter of the Mars Society existed in Florida-home of America's space program. They discussed the idea of forming a chapter as a student organization at Embry-Riddle. They discussed these ideas with other Mars Society members and got a positive response.

Returning to school in the fall, Brian and Jen began the paperwork to get a chapter established as a student organization at Embry-Riddle while working with the Mars Society national headquarters to get formal recognition of the Embry-Riddle chapter. In late October 2001, they received permission to create a Florida chapter of the Mars Society based at Embry-Riddle. In January 2002, the chapter was formally recognised by the Student Activities Department at Embry-Riddle.

Past Projects:

The Embry-Riddle Mars Society supported a group of Engineering Physics students while they designed and submitted a proposal for the Mars Translife Project. Although the proposal was not chosen, the other teams were told to look to the Embry-Riddle concept for inspiration and innovation. Current information on Mars Translife can be found at http://www.marssociety.org/translife/.