About Us

Mars Talk is a new podcast, launched in April 2019, produced by The Mars Society.

Mars Talk is focused on promoting Mars Society’s chapters and outreach activities and is billed as “a community discussion about humanity’s future in space”. It is being brought to you by the following hard-working volunteers:

Christopher Tarantola
Born and raised in the Houston, TX area, Christopher has been interested in space since he watched a documentary on the Galileo spacecraft visiting Jupiter.  A stay-at-home father, Christopher volunteers for the Mars Society’s chapter outreach team, and is spearheading the Mars Talk podcast, as well as doing most of the editing on the show.

James Burk
James is a founding member of the Mars Society, and has been the organizer of the Mars Society’s Seattle chapter since 1998. A senior manager with Artic Consulting, James is now the IT Director for the Mars Society and responsible for all of our websites and IT needs. He is working on the MarsVR application (with a volunteer team) to promote our work at the Mars Desert Research Station and was on Crew 197 at the Station last year.

Lucinda Offer
Lucinda is the Executive Director of the Mars Society (since 2009) and works for the Royal Astronomical Society in the United Kingdom. A native of San Jose, California, Lucinda worked for NASA under Dr. Chris McKay. She joined the NorCal chapter of the Mars Society in 2002 and has worked tirelessly to promote the dream of humans to Mars among young people and the general public worldwide.

Nora Hovee
Nora is the Mars Society’s Chapter Program Director, and came to the Mars Society through watching The Martian in 2016.  A “thank you” for our advisory role posted at the end of the movie directed her to our website.  She and her husband joined and asked how could they get involved.  With Nora’s communications and international background, she was the perfect fit to help with chapters. “I’m not a scientist – just a space geek”, says Nora, “but I’m proof anyone can be a part of the mission to Mars.  I’m thrilled to be a part of Man’s greatest adventure.”