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

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WESTERN AUSTRALIAN BRANCH HOMEPAGE
"Home of the Starchaser Marsupial Manned Rover"

Welcome to the Western Australian Branch of the Mars Society Australia, Inc. By joining in and following the MSA's activities, you will become a vital part of the Mars Society's goal to make a new home for Humankind on the Red Planet, Mars. Major projects of the Western Australian branch include the Starchaser Marsupial Manned Rover and the Centre for Planetary and Space Studies.

Branch Meetings
Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month in the Heritage Room, ground floor Guildford Hotel, cnr James & Johnson Sts, Guildford. Adequate parking in Johnson St carpark, adjacent bottle dept. This is a dinner meeting, so be prepare to pay for food and drinks. If this is your first visit, please contact David Cooper (State Coordinator) to make a table booking on 9295 6466 business hours or 9295 1293 after hours, for latest information.

For more information contact -

David Cooper - Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia
Email -
Bus Hrs - 08 9295 6466
After Hours 08 9295 1293


News

Mars Discussions at the WA Science & Engineering Summer School
Two of our Board of Directors, Mark Gargano and Dr Graham Mann presented the key note session on Thursday 20th January to the 2011 WA Science & Engineering Summer School, an event hosted by the Science Faculties at Murdoch University in Western Australia.

Read more here.


WA Science & Engineering Summer School
Mark Gargano, MSA Education Director, presented his keynote presentation at the 2010 Western Australian Science & Engineering Summer School on the 20th of January. The Summer School was hosted by Murdoch University and aimed to give the 59 attending Year 11 and 12 students a chance to see and experience science, mathematics and engineering in action; to learn from and to work with some of Australia's leading researchers; to explore challenging career paths and experience what life as a tertiary student might be like.

Read more here.


Earth Sciences Mega-Conference a ‘Must Attend’ for Planetary Scientists
MSA members and others are invited to attend this year's Australian Earth Sciences Convention. To be held in Perth from 20-24 July 2008, the Convention is Australia’s premier geoscience conference and a major event on the international geosciences calendar. It is expected to attract more than 1000 Australian and international delegates and will feature more than 135 presenters and 450 papers. Mass extinctions on Earth, asteroid impacts, what 3.5 billion year old fossils can tell us about evolution, and exciting information being gathered by NASA’s current mission to Mars will be among a wide range of planetary science topics on offer at the mega-conference.

Download the full media release here.


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.

AMEC 2007 Photo Gallery Now Online
Photographs from MSA's recent annual conference AMEC 2007 may be viewed here, in MSA's new online photo gallery. Held over the weekend of over the weekend of the 13th to 15th of July, the conference was an enjoyable exploration of new developments in Mars research in Australia and overseas.

It is intended to expand the photo galleries in future to make photographs from MSA's different events more readily available. The full collection of photo albums (as it grows), may be viewed by following the Photo Galleries link on the orange toolbar at left.

Less than 2 Weeks to AMEC 2007 - Register Now!
It is now less than 2 weeks until the seventh annual Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC 2007), opens at Trinity College, East Perth. Presentations over the weekend of the 13th to 15th of July will cover a range of issues concerned with forging, nurturing and developing the pioneering culture and methods required to explore Mars. The conference is designed to be of interest to both scientific specialists and the general public.

Find out more including how to register at the AMEC2007 homepage. Register now for this exciting event!


AMEC 2007 Call for Papers
The seventh annual Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC 2007), will be held in Perth over the weekend of the 13th to 15th of July at Trinity College, East Perth. Presentations over this two-day event will cover a range of issues concerned with forging, nurturing and developing the pioneering culture and methods required to explore Mars. MSA invites anyone interested in presenting at the conference to submit a paper to the review committee here. All papers submitted will be peer-reviewed in accordance with DEST guidelines for conference publications.

Find out more including how to register at the AMEC2007 homepage. Register now for this exciting event!


MSA Directors Present Mars Exploration to WA Country School
MSA President David Cooper and Starchaser MARSupial Rover Project Manager and Director, Dr Graham Mann, recently visited St Joseph's School in the Town of Northam, in the wheat-belt of Western Australia. They made presentation about Mars Exploration to the school assembly and the Year 10 Space Science Group (see picture.) MSA Member Mark Gargano is the Science Coordinator at St Joseph's and is very active at the student level in promoting both the Mars Society and space science in general. Nine students from St Joseph's School have joined the MSA as student members and will be helping with talks on their projects at the Centre for Planetary and Space Studies, other promotional activities and the first of the MARSupial Trax test programs. They are currently designing mission patches for Trax-1. At the end of the exercise, the students presented us with Certificates of Appreciation signed by Mark, the Head Girl, Georgia Bowen and the rest of the students.

For more details of the CPSS programs, contact


Concrete Slab Poured For Rover Laboratory
The long awaited laboratory for the Starchaser Marsupial Manned Analog Rover has begun to be constructed. The concrete slab has been poured and it is expected the shed structure will be commenced this week. Photos will follow soon. For more details on the Starchaser Rover visit the Starchaser Marsupial homepage at www.marsupial.org.au.


Trinity College 'Spaced Out' By New Mars Research Laboratory
An initiative between Trinity College in East Perth and Mars Society Australia,  will see an innovative new Centre for Planetary and Space Studies set up at the East Perth school this year, bringing Mars research to the heart of the Western Australian capital.  Mars Society Australia’s Vice-President and Outreach Director, Mr David Cooper, believes that this Centre may well be the first space research laboratory to be established in a secondary education institution in Australia, and speaks enthusiastically about the goals of the new Centre.

Read the full media release.

Also check out the centre's new webpage and download an information leaflet, which includes a program of upcoming events.


AMEC 2003 a Success



The third Australian Mars Exploration Conference was held at Trinity College, East Perth last weekend. It featured an exciting program running over the full weekend, with presentations on topics ranging from space suit technology, space architecture and geology, to data collection technology and the psychological issues associated with deep space missions. The keynote speaker was Dr Vadim Gushin - Lead Researcher, Institute of Bio-Medical Problems - Ministry of Health, Moscow.

More reports to be posted soon.


Graham Mann talks on Mars analog exploration in Australia
At Astrofest in Perth earlier this year, Dr Graham Mann, Project Manager of the MSA's Starchaser Marsupial Rover gave a public talk on the MSA's activities in Australia. To experience this audiovisual presentation, you will need Microsoft PowerPoint and an MP3 player, and then click on the links below together: Powerpoint and MP3 audio.


Conference Update
AMEC 2003
August 22-24
Perth, Western Australia


Don’t forget to register for AMEC 2003 and take advantage of the earlybird registration. Click here to find out more, including a Call for Papers and secure Online Registration. AMEC is the annual Mars Society conference and will bring together researchers, academics and Mars enthusiasts from around the country and internationally, to find out the latest developments on human Mars exploration and Mars analogue research.


Extension of Deadline for AMEC 2003 Papers
The Convener of the 3rd Australian Mars Exploration Conference announced an extended deadline for papers presented for this years conference. The new deadline is the 30th of June 2003. Click here to find out more.


AMEC 2003 - Call for Papers and Registrations Open
This year, the Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC 2003) is to be held at Trinity College in Perth, Western Australia. Full details including a Call For Papers and secure Online Registration are now available. Further details will be added as they come to hand, check back from time to time as this exciting event unfolds.


Starchaser Marsupial Rover: Stage 2 is Go
Project Marsupial, the MSA's analogue rover construction project, has received a giant boost with the news that Starchaser Industries, a UK aerospace firm, will fully fund Stage 2 of the innovative project. Starchaser has donated A$41,000 and secured naming rights to the rover, which will henceforth be called the Starchaser Marsupial Rover.

"Thanks to the farsighted and generous support of Starchaser Industries, we are go for Stage 2!" said an obviously delighted Graham Mann, the Fremantle based Manager of Project Marsupial. "Now we're in a position to speed up the construction schedule, and that's important if we're to get the rover out into the desert and under test before its debut at Operation Red Centre".

Read more by downloading the press release and visiting the Starchaser Marsupial Rover homepage.


Analogue Rover Project Moves to WA
The Mars Society Australia's analogue Mars rover project Marsupial is moving ahead, following the project's relocation to Fremantle, Western Australia. The design phase of the vehicle is nearing completion, after which time construction will commence at Byfield Engineering, at Riverton, WA. Find out more about the project on its newly updated homepage

HOP is currently seeking sponsorship to complete its internal fitout and for its testing phase. The Mars Society Australia is keen for its sponsors benefit from the extensive national media coverage the project has received to date, which has included prime time national television coverage.

If you would like to contribute in money or in kind, please contact Project Manager Dr Graham Mann.


Analogue Rover Arrives in WA
The Mars Society Australia's analogue Mars rover project HOP (Human Operations Prototype) is moving ahead, with the the base vehicle delivered to Freemantle, Western Australia. The design phase of the vehicle is nearing completion, after which time construction will commence at Byfield Engineering, at Riverton, WA.

HOP is currently seeking sponsorship to complete its internal fitout and for its testing phase. The Mars Society Australia is keen for its sponsors benefit from the extensive national media coverage the project has received to date, which has included prime time national television coverage.

If you would like to contribute in money or in kind, please contact Project Manager Dr Graham Mann.





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