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Mars Society Announces New Initiatives Following Steering Committee Meeting

2 Sep 2015, 23:25 UTC
Mars Society Announces New Initiatives Following Steering Committee Meeting
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During the 18th
Annual International Mars Society Convention, held in mid-August in Washington,
D.C., the Mars Society convened its Steering Committee and decided on a number
of major initiatives for the coming year. These include: + The Mars
Society will attempt to intersect the political ferment associated with the now
unfolding U.S. presidential campaign to mobilize its American members and
chapters to take every opportunity to meet all presidential hopefuls while they
are out on the campaign trail, as well as members of Congress in their home
offices, to impress on them the message that the U.S. space program needs a
goal, and that goal should be humans to Mars in our time. As part of this
effort, the Mars Society will establish a political task force and will reach
out to other U.S. space advocacy groups to try to arrange collaboration with them on
this initiative.+ As part of
the effort to provide the currently adrift U.S. space program with real
direction that could get the humans to Mars program underway, the Mars Society
will launch an international student engineering contest to design the Gemini
Mars mission, creating a plan for a two-person Mars flyby that could be placed ...

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