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

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Victorian Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia


Dr Jim Bell to Give Free Public Mars Lecture 10th July
Dr Jim Bell, International President of the Planetary Society and science team member of many recent NASA planetary missions including the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunuity, will be giving a free public lecture this coming Friday 10th, July, titled "Mars Exploration Rovers: Overview of Geologic, Geochemical, and Mineralogic Results". It will start at 4pm in the Fritz Loewe Theatre, at the Department of Earth Sciences, at the University of Melbourne. (2nd floor of the McCoy building, corner Swanston and Elgin Streets, Carlton. Admission is free.)

Read an abstract of the lecture and Dr Bell's bio here.

Victorian Branch Holds Winter Meeting
The Victorian branch recently held its first meeting for this winter at Southbank on 25th June. Those present included former MSA President Guy Murphy, who has just returned to Melbourne after living in the UK for several years. The pizza was great! All Victorian members are invited to the next gathering - keep checking your inbox for further details.

Australian High School Teacher Achieves Space Dream
Mark Gargano, Science Coordinator from St Joseph’s School in Northam (WA) and Education Officer of Mars Society Australia, Inc and John Mitsinikos, Mathematics Coordinator from Strathmore Secondary College (Vic) have returned home as the first Australian high school teachers to participate in the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) Spaceward Bound (SB) program in the Mojave Desert. The aim of this program was to allow scientists to increase their knowledge about desert conditions and further their research in linked areas, while participating educators had the unique opportunity to assist with this research and develop an appreciation for field science and data gathering techniques.

Read the full media release here.

Latest VSSEC Newsletter Reports on MSA/Spaceward Bound
The latest edition of the Victorian Space Science Education Centre's (VSSEC's) newsletter CAPCOM features a report on the planned Mars Society Australia/Spaceward Bound expedition to the Mojave Desert in California. Mathematics Co-ordinator, John Mitsinikos, from Strathmore Secondary College will represent VSSEC and join Mark Gargano, the Science Coordinator at St Joseph's School in Northam, Western Australia and Education Officer for MSA.

Click here to download the full publication.

Aussie Students Help Select Landing Sites for Mars Science Lab
At this year’s AMEC (Australian Mars Exploration Conference) Marion Anderson (Monash University) presented a talk on how she and her students are involved in selecting possible landing sites for MSL (Mars Science Laboratory). This research is being carried out in collaboration with NASA. Marion and her students identified the top twelve possible sites for landing. The sites must conform to a number of criteria, such as having a flat circular area with a diameter of at least 10 km for MSL to land on. Ideally the site would be located between 60 degrees N and 60 degrees S.

Read more here.

AMEC 2006 Report
AMEC 2006 was held over the weekend of October 13th–15th at the Victorian Space Science and Education Centre (VSSEC). Around fifty delegates attended as well as speakers from all around Australia. The theme was “Establishing Base Camp: Science, Methods and Technologies to support the Human Exploration of Mars.”

Read a full conference report here.

AMEC 2006 Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the sixth annual Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC 2006), to be held in Melbourne in October of this year at the Victoria Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC). You may register online using our secure registration form, or by downloading and faxing in a registration form (pdf).

Find out more at the AMEC2006 homepage and register now for this exciting event.

Public Lecture on MarsOz at the VSSEC
A public lecture on the Mars Society Australias MarsOz mission architecture and concept vehicle designs will be given by MSA Vice-President Dr Jonathan Clarke at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) at 6pm on 5th July, 2005. Booking is essential.

For more details, download a lecture flyer here (pdf).

AMEC 2006 Call for Papers
Mars Society Australia is pleased to announce that the call for papers for the sixth Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC 2006) is now open. This years theme - 'Establishing Base Camp: Science, Methods and Technologies to Support the Human Exploration of Mars' - covers the plethora of issues connected to development of a Mars base to support future human exploration, such as selecting a site, building a base, logistics, exploration radii, setting up a research program, communication and crew safety.

For more details, visit the AMEC2006 homepage.

Victorian Branch Celebrates Christmas
The Victorian branch recently held its Christmas meeting at the Royal Siam Restaurant in Kew. Those present included former MSA President Guy Murphy, who is currently visiting Australia from the UK.

AMEC a success!
The Mars Society Australia has just presented the first annual Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC) in Melbourne on the weekend of 12th & 13th May, 2001. Click here for more information about the program held.

Download a media release

Report on the conference from Michael Paine.

Historical Note
The Melbourne public has had a long-standing interest in Mars exploration. The following two headlines are both from a local newspaper The Age. The first appeared on 11 May 1907, while the second dates from 8 August, 1996. Is there life on Mars? The debate continues.

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