Mars VR Kickstarter

Mars Society – Mars VR Kickstarter project – Be a crowdexplorer!

The Mars Society is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new open-source virtual reality platform called MarsVR, which will be used for serious research to support the goal of sending humans to the Red Planet.

The MarsVR program will be a unique multi-phase effort designed to pioneer the emerging field of CrowdExploration, which we define as the partnership between the first astronauts on Mars and VR experts and enthusiasts back on Earth. The Mars Society aims to develop a special VR platform to assist with the initial human exploration of Martian landing sites.

Phase 1 of the MarsVR program will focus on designing training simulations for the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, providing direct assistance in preparing MDRS crew members for their analog research and testing. Since every moment at MDRS is valuable, just like actual astronauts working in space, the Mars Society wants its crew members to make the most of their time “on Mars.” Key elements of the platform will also be open-sourced so that the general public can freely make use of it to experience human Mars exploration.

As part of MarsVR, the Mars Society intends to build a high-resolution simulation of the entire MDRS habitat, both inside and out. To complete the experience, Mars Society staff will scan a one-square mile capture of the Mars-like terrain around MDRS using the latest photo-grammetry techniques.

With your direct support and involvement, the Mars Society can pioneer the use of virtual reality for exploring Mars, as well as expanding Mars advocacy and outreach among our global community.

Kickstarter deadline is May 31, 2018.

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RMMS Meeting: April 2018

Martians –

April is moving along nicely, and the third Monday is upon us. Let’s meet at the usual spot, Room 102 in the Environmental Design building at CU-Boulder, at 7:00pm (or 6:30 to bring a sandwich and chat). We don’t have a speaker this month, so it will be general topics.

Hope to see you there!

RMMS Meeting: March 2018

March is flying past, and it is time for our monthly RMMS meeting! Our speaker from January, Sunny Tsiao, got postponed due to weather… so we’re going to try again.. Sunny is the author of ‘Piercing the Horizon’, a new book full of insights about Tom Paine’s tenure during pivotal years at NASA in the late 1960’s.

We’ll meet at our usual time and place: Room 102 of the Environmental Design building on the Boulder campus, at 7:00pm. Come early at 6:30 and bring a sandwich for some social time!

RMMS Meeting: February 2018

Here’s a reminder about the next chapter meeting on Monday night! Let’s meet at our usual time and place, 6:30 for conversation (bring a sandwich) or 7:00 for the meeting, in room 102 of the Environmental Design building on the CU campus.

We have two big topics, but bring others!

1) SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch, future plans.
2) NASA budget request.

RMMS meeting: Jan 15, CU-Boulder

Join us on Monday evening, January 15, for our monthly Rocky Mountain Mars Society chapter meeting. The cost is free, and we have an excellent speaker this month: Sunny Tsiao, author of Piercing the Horizon, the newly released historical biography of NASA chief Tom Paine.


Note: we meet at 7:00pm in room 101 of the Environmental Design building on the CU-Boulder campus. If we have a larger crowd, we may move down the hall to a bigger room. Also, bring a sandwich at 6:30 for social time.