About the Mars Society
The Mars Society is a worldwide volunteer-driven space-advocacy non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. Founded in 1998 by Dr Robert Zubrin and others, following the publishing of Dr. Zubrin’s book “The Case for Mars”, the Mars Society has become the number-one advocacy organization for human colonization of space with the focus on Mars. To achieve this, they are working together with companies, institutions, government agencies all over the world.
Furthermore, The Mars Society actively seeks to:
- Organize public outreach with the aim of fostering a deep interest in Mars,
- Promote broad international support for government-funded Mars research and exploration, and
- Advocate the establishment of commercial space ventures that will help achieve Mars exploration and settlement.
Initiatives and projects include Mars analog simulations in the Utah desert and the Canadian Arctic, public outreach and educational programs such as the MarsVR virtual reality simulations, the annual University Rover Challenge, political advocacy efforts, privately-funded research, chapter meetings and activities in the U.S. and around the world, and the annual International Mars Society Convention.