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        Branch Pages & Contacts - Vic - NSW - Qld - SA - NT - WA - ACT - Tas - NZ                        Updated: 30 January, 2017.

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Monthly Discussion Group/Meeting

A warm welcome is extended to everyone interested in Mars exploration.

VENUE - Marcellina Restaurant, 273 Hindley Street (corner Grey Street) Adelaide

WHEN:   6:00PM - 8:00PM - the first Sunday of each month.
(We recommend before attending just to confirm.)

WHAT:   At the meetings we usually have a cuppa or a light meal and discuss Mars exploration - research and development, the latest discoveries, issues and philosophy which may impact on exploration of Mars. All members, friends and those interested in Mars exploration are welcome. For those after a meal - prices are very affordable.

For more information contact -

South Australian Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia
Email -
Tel: 8354 0211
Mob: 0417 800 956


Dr Chris McKay to Open AMEC2009 Tonight with Free Public Lecture
One of the world's leading planetary scientists Dr Chris McKay of NASA Ames will open this year's Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC2009) tonight (Friday 17th July) with a free public lecture. Titled 'Results of the Phoenix Mission to Mars and Analog sites on Earth', he will report on the findings of NASA's recent Phoenix Mission. The talk will commence at 7.30pm at the Centenary Building, Level 3 - Room 16 (C3-16), University of South Australia, City East Campus, (Corner North Terrace and Frome Roads, Adelaide. (Download a pdf map).

AMEC registration will be possible on the morning of Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th if you have not had time to book ahead. Read more here.

CSIRO to Sponsor Spaceward Bound Australia 2009
The Mars Society Australia is delighted to announce that Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will be a major sponsor of the Spaceward Bound Australia 2009 (SBA2009) Expedition. To be held in the South Australian Desert over 9th-16th July, SBA2009 will be a unique opportunity for Australian school teachers to work with NASA and MSA scientists in the field, learning to use the space sciences to bring new teaching methods to their students. Mars Society Australia President Mr David Cooper thanks the CSIRO for its generous support. "The CSIRO has shown great vision in supporting a program that will allow leading world class planetary scientists to share their expertise with the Australian educational community".

Spaceward Bound Australia Expedition Completed
The Spaceward Bound Australia 2008 expedition has been successfully completed. Thirteen people from the US, Europe, and Australia took part in this preliminary trip examining sites and facilities for next year’s full Spaceward bound expedition for Australian and US teachers and researchers. Notable participatnts included Dr Liza Coe, Deputy Chief of NASA Ames Education Division, and Artemis Westenburg, Director of International relations of the International Mare society Steering Committee. Sites visited included the historic launch sites at Woomera, the Mars analogue terrain at Arkaroola, artesian springs at gullies at Reedy Springs, the Beverley uranium mine, and various sites in the Flinders Ranges.

Read further reports here

SBA1 Departs after a Successful AMEC
The Spaceward Bound Australia One Expedition (SBA1) departed Adelaide this morning for a week long journey through the South Australian outback. Participants include international guests Dr Liza Coe of NASA, and Artemis Westenberg, President of the Mars Society Netherlands and Director of the Mars Society (US). The expedition follows the successful conclusion of the 8th Australian Mars Exloration Conference at the University of South Australia over the weekend. The program included a special report on the latest findings from the Phoenix lander from Chris McKay of NASA Ames (by telephone link).

This Weekend's AMEC Program Released - Register Now!
The full program and details of speakers for AMEC2008 have been released, and can be seen on the AMEC homepage. The exciting weekend of events begin with a public lecture by Professor Russell Boyce titled 'Australian Hypersonic Research and the Road to Mars' at 7.30pm next Friday evening, followed by drinks at the Federal Bar and Café at the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel. This leads on to a stimulating line-up of presentations by Australian and international speakers on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of July, with a conference banquet at 7pm on the Saturday evening.

A media release and program are now available. Register now and help spread the word!

Arkaroola Wildlife Sanctuary Sponsors Door Prize at AMEC
You now have an extra reason to register for this year's AMEC. The Arkaroola Wildlife Sanctuary has generously donated a door prize for which all registrants will be eligible. It consists of two night's accommodation for two in the comfort of the Sanctuary's Mawson Lodge, PLUS one of the Sanctuary's famous 4WD Ridgetop Tours. This is a fabulous weekend away in one of South Australia's most spectacular natural reserves.

All the more reason to register now.

Professor Russell Boyce to Deliver AMEC Opening Public Lecture
This year's AMEC will commence with a public lecture at 7.30pm on the evening of Friday 4th of July by Professor Russell Boyce, titled 'Australian Hypersonic Research and the Road to Mars'. The lecture will provide a stimulating overview of hypersonics in general and Australian hypersonics in particular, including its heritage, hot topics, and future directions. There will be special reference to entry into the Martian atmosphere, and Space Tourism. Entry will be by gold coin donation, and tea and coffee will be served afterwards. It will be held in Room 16 (C3-16)at the School of Natural & Built Environments, University of South Australia, City East Campus, (Cnr North Terrace and Frome Rd, Adelaide.) See you there!

Professor Rob Morrison OAM Special Guest at AMEC2008

MSA is delighted to announce Professor Rob Morrison (above right) will be a special guest speaker at AMEC2008 in Adelaide. For 25 years Rob has been a familiar face of science on television, as presenter of The Curiosity Show for eighteen years and appearances on The New Inventors, Nexus, Science Magazine, and Radio National's Ockham's Razor. He has written thirty books on science and natural history. Rob recently helped establish SciWorld, a new science centre in Adelaide which runs exciting education programs and developed six regional science fairs and shows, including Adelaide's National Science Week. In the citation for his 2007 Australian Museum Eureka Prize Rob is described as a national treasure and a well-loved ambassador for science.

Find out more about the program and how to register here.

Spaceward Bound Australia Logo
The logo for the upcoming Spaceward Bound Australia expedition has now been released. It was designed by Adriana Spadaccini, an MSA member and Year 10 student at St Joseph's School at Northam in Western Australia as part of her digital media elective.

Read more about NASA's Spaceward Bound Program and the Spaceward Bound Australia expedition here.

Spaceward Bound Australia Homepage Launched
Following the 8th Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC 2008) being held at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide, S.Aust. from the 4 - 6th of July, the MSA will be conducting Spaceward Bound Australia One (SBA1).

SBA1 will leave Adelaide on the 7th of July for an educational program taking in Woomera, Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and Wilpena (Rawnsley Park) returning to the University of South Australia in Adelaide on Tuesday 15th of July. Leading the Expedition will be Professor Vic Gostin of the University of Adelaide, South Australia and MSA Education Officer Mr Mark Gargano, St Joseph's School, Northam, Western Australia.

High School Teachers and other educators with an interest in Space Science are invited to attend this 8 day Expedition. Find out more at the SBA1 homepage .

Announcing the 8th Australian Mars Exploration Conference, AMEC 2008
Following the success of previous conferences, the Mars Society Australia will be holding its annual conference in Adelaide from 4 to 6 July at the University of South Australia's city east campus. The program is set to be as exciting as ever including a line-up of international and local speakers covering many areas. Put these dates in your diary and look out for more information in the coming weeks and months. Keep an eye on our website at for further announcements.

Opportunities for sponsorship open soon. Email to register your interest.

MSA Celebrates National Science Week in Adelaide
Mars Society Australia is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of National Science Week. The Science Hub in the forecourt of the South Australian Museum is a hive of science activities and displays which is open to the public for free from 10am - 5pm, Saturday 18th August - Sunday 26th August. Our crew of Mars enthusiasts are available to talk with the public all day Saturday and Sunday. Come in and say hello.

Read more on the South Australian branch homepage.

MSA Welcomes Arkaroola Resort as New Corporate Member
The Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and Resort has become a corporate member of Mars Society Australia. This is in recognition of their outstanding support for MSAs expeditions to the area, including Jarntimarra-1 and Expedition Two, and MSAs future research and education program. The Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and Resort is situated in the northernmost Flinders Ranges in central South Australia, some 600km north of Adelaide and 130km east of the coal-mining town of Leigh Creek. The 610sq km wilderness sanctuary is operated by the Sprigg family and has advanced ecotourism accreditation for tourism featuring the geology, ecology, landscape and astronomical features of the area.

Read more here.

AMEC2004 a Success, Expedition 2 Completed
The 4th annual Australian Mars Exploration Conference was successfully held in Adelaide over the weekend of Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1 August. Hosted by the School of Natural and Built Environments at the University of South Australia, the conference featured local and international speakers presenting papers in a diverse range of Mars related disciplines.  For information about the program, visit the AMEC 2004 page.

Expedition 2, a joint research expedition between the Mars Society Australia, has now been completed.

Project Jarntimarra - Mission Accomplished
Follow the course of the highly successful Starchaser sponsored Jarntimarra expedition to the red centre through the eyes of the participants! Read the travel logs from Jennifer Laing and Jason Hoogland on the JNT-1 expedition homepage. Also, see the newly updated photo gallery.

Australia is now one step closer to having its own outback space research facility, to be used for testing equipment and technology which could help to send humans to Mars. Find out more by reading our latest press release (pdf) (0.06 Mb).

Email our Mars Experts in the Field!
The Jarntimarra-1 field expedition currently in central Australia is composed of some leading experts in Mars related research, including:
  • Dr Carol Stoker, NASA Ames Research Centre - Mars Pathfinder Scientist
  • Dr Larry Lemke, NASA Ames Research Centre - Advanced projects engineer currently working on Mars airplane
  • Prof Vic Gostin, University of Adelaide - Geology of central Australia, paleo-geology and meteorite impacts
  • Dr Jonathan Clarke, Australian National University - Geology of central Australia, Mars geology
  • Dr Graham Mann, Murdoch University - Robots for Mars and Mars missions
  • Jason Hoogland - MSA technical programme including HOP, Marskin, SAFMARS,Mars-Oz, Jarntimarra, Operation Red Centre
  • James Waldie, RMIT - Mechanical Counter Pressure suits
You can send an email question and our experts will send a reply via satellite, subject to their busy schedule in the field. In addition, Sydney based MSA member Michael West will be available to respond to queries of Sydney-siders on getting involved in the MSA technical programme. Watch for your Q&A's on this website in the coming days!

Simply email your question with your name, age and occupation, or the school you're from if you're a student. Please keep questions to no more than 5 lines of text.

Project Jarntimarra - JNT-1 Mission Update
Follow the Starchaser sponsored Jarntimarra expedition to the red centre through the eyes of some of the participants! For starters we have the logs from Jennifer Laing and Jason Hoogland on the JNT-1 expedition page. We will attempt to update these daily.

Latest Overview of MSA Activities
At a public forum featuring Dr Carol Stoker and Dr Mark Bishop in Adelaide prior to the departure of JNT-1, Tech Director Jason Hoogland presented an overview of MSA including our current technical activities and opportunities for wider involvement in technical and non-technical areas.

The presentation is a single MS Powerpoint document, split for ease of download into two parts. Active MSA members are encourage to use their own adapted version of this to promote our activities. Any questions of policy, budgeting or scheduling should be deferred to the MSA Board via the President.

PowerPoint slide presentation (part 1) (2.8MB),
PowerPoint slide presentation (part 2) (2.2MB).

Free Public Forum - Mars: Exploring The Red Planet
Presented by the Mars Society Australia and the Department of Geology & Geophysics, Adelaide University. There will be a panel discussion & question time following the presentations. All are welcome!

When: 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm, Friday, 26 October 2001
Where: Mawson Theatre, Adelaide University (enter Victoria Dr., near Gate 8)
Speakers: Dr Carol Stoker, NASA - Designing human missions to Mars
Dr Mark Bishop, University of South Australia - Martian Geomorphology
Jason Hoogland, MSA - Project Jarntimarra: How Australians can help us get to Mars

Download a press release here (pdf).

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