Mars Society Founder Robert Zubrin has proposed something he calls the “transorbital railroad” to jump start space exploration and settlement. Although he invokes the railroads that opened up the West, it’s really a proposal known to anyone who has ever shopped at Costco: buy in bulk.
The Mars Society has launched a petition aimed at persuading President Barack Obama to send humans to the Red Planet. Founder Bob Zubrin writes:
The failure of the Augustine Commission to provide the Obama administration with a worthy objective for the American human spaceflight program threatens to leave NASA rudderless. Under these conditions, those who believe that the space program needs a real goal – and that goal should be humans to Mars – need to step forward. For this reason, the Mars Society is launching an international petition campaign, calling on President Obama to set the course for Mars. The petition is open to all to sign, regardless of age or nationality, because the question of whether NASA succeeds in doing what it can and should do to open the space frontier is a matter of vital concern to all humankind.
While the results obtained from the LCROSS mission are of some scientific interest, it needs to be understood that the amount of water discovered was extremely small. The 30 m crater ejected by the probe contained 10 million kilograms of regolith. Within this ejecta, an estimated 100 kg of water was detected. That represents a proportion of 10 parts per million, which is a lower water concentration than that found in the soil of the driest deserts of the Earth. In contrast, we have found continent sized regions on Mars, which are 600,000 parts per million, or 60% water by weight.
The Mars Society has released a statement in which it basically rejects all five options for the American human spaceflight program put forth last week by the Augustine Commission.
Instead of accepting the limited options presented by the Committee, we urge the Administration to follow a sixth option: Task NASA to develop, within 120 days, a minimum cost, minimum schedule mission to land humans on Mars…
Ain’t going to happen. But, good luck with that…
If you’re interested, the full statement is reproduced after the break.
Space Florida, The Mars Society, NASA-Kennedy Space Center and the Florida Department of Education (DoE), have joined forces to create a competition in which Florida middle and high school students will design scientific experiments to send to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah.
4Frontiers Corporation, a NewSpace technology, entertainment & education company, is pleased to announce that it is spearheading this summerâ€™s expedition to the Mars Societyâ€™s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic.
The Twelfth International Mars Society Conference will be held from July 30 – August 2, 2009 at the University of Maryland, College Park. This will give participants to hear the latest news and research from Mars and to help advocate for sending humans to the Red Planet.