Welcome to the
Mars Society UK

"To further the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet"

Find out about the UK branch on the Society page.


The UK branch has not been as active recently as we would have liked.
This has been due to verious issues which we hope will be resolved soon.

Meanwhile, UK chapter president Jerry Stone was on Sky News on the morning of
Monday March 14 to cover the ExoMars 2016 launch.

Reporting on ExoMars on Sky News 160314

Jerry with Colin Brazier and Jayne Secker
Click on the image for a larger version

Mars has excited us for ages, since the time astronomers thought they saw channels on its surface and H.G.Wells wrote "The War of the Worlds".

In the 1950s, Colliers Magazine printed a series of articles about the exploration of space. They included visions put forward by Wernher von Braun to explore Mars - which was actually his main target, rather than the Moon!

This image from the article shows a spacecraft which has been piloted to a landing, along with one who's central section has been raised to an upright position ready for a return to Earth.

Our understanding of Mars has greatly increased since then, mostly due to the results from the multitude of spacecraft that have been sent to the Red Planet. However, getting a spacecraft to Mars is incredibly difficult, and many have failed to make it.

The Mars Society looks forward to the further exploration of Mars, with the exciting results we are expecting from the Mars Science Laboratory, to be followed by future missions. These include the ExoMars rover - a European project - and later, a sample return mission.

However the main goal is the landing of astronauts on Mars, and the resulting establishment of a settlement on another planet. This is an activity that the Mars Society is actively planning for, using the Mars Analogue Research Stations, which are in the Canadian Arctic and the Utah desert. At these habitats, crews simulate the exploration of Mars, and in doing so they are helping to define the activities and procedures for when we actually reach the Red Planet.

This image by Pat Rawlings shows a crew exploring the Martian surface.

In the very long term, it may be possible to "Terraform" Mars. By increasing the atmospheric pressure and introducing oxygen, it will become possible for plants to grow and eventually for people to not require spacesuits.

As the process continues, water can exist on the surface, until we finally have a new world, with a land area equal to that of Earth!

The Mars Society was established in 1998, and the first event featured Professor Colin Pillinger making the first public announcement about Beagle 2. It has chapters all around the world, with members who do research, mission planning and experiments, or simply follow the developments in the exploration of Mars. Why not join us?

Find out about the UK branch and its activities on the Society page.

Find out here about UK involvement in ESA's Aurora programme, and how you can help!

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