The Mars Society of Canada

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The Mars Society
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Our Vision

We, The Mars Society of Canada (MSC), are committed to developing a multi-planetary future for humanity through the exploration and inhabitation of Mars. Establishing a permanent human presence on Mars is not only a logical objective, it is pivotal in the future of human life and is arguably one of the most important things that our species will ever do. It will bring profound benefit to humanity, to our home world, and to the biosphere that raised us. This will ultimately inspire and guide human societies into a new era of sustainability, environmental responsibility and peaceful coexistence.

Our Mission

As a volunteer and membership-based organization, the MSC will help build the foundations for humanity’s leap into space and support settlement activities on Mars once it arrives. To support Canada’s participation in the future establishment of communities on Mars, we are committed to the development of educational programs, research & innovation projects and analog studies for the benefit of Canada and everyone who shares our vision. We are dedicated to the values of diversity, inclusion and sustainability and will continue to conduct outreach programs in Canada through the development of local chapters, the staging of conferences and workshops and by forging active relationships with interdisciplinary organizations in academia, industry and the government. In cooperation with our local chapters and chapters of the Mars Society throughout the world, we will develop and sustain a knowledge-exchange network that is capable of engaging our general membership, the public and space professionals with the evolving challenges of building sustainable communities on Mars with the lessons learned in the terrestrial ecosphere.

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Our Focus

We are committed to public and professional engagement through education, advocacy, research and the development of local networks.

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Knowledge Exchange

Learn about Mars, teach others and exchange insights to inspire and engage the public.

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Advocacy

Why is Mars science & exploration important and who you can contact to enable action!

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Research

Follow Mars Analog developments and investigate other fascinating projects.

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Start a Chapter

Begin your own chapter and network with other enthusiasts or professionals in your community.

Videos from The Mars Society of Canada

Mars Explorer Program

Mars Habitat Design

Presentation by MSC CCO at the 2021 Mars Society Convention

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Our Team

We are a dedicated group of volunteers with a passion for Mars exploration and development.

Glenn Scott
President
Glenn is an experienced polar scientist and bioresource innovator who is presently developing agro-ecological technologies for deployment in harsh, remote environments.
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Evan Plant-Weir
Chief Communications Officer, Chairman, Content Creator
Evan is a passionate advocate for space exploration. With a mixed background in academia, technical training and business management, he supports the Mars Society of Canada as co-founder and Director.
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Jin Sing Sia
Mars Engineering Developer, Content Creator

As a Master's research student at Western University's Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Jin serves as Chief Diversity Officer and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors.

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Rex Plant
Director

Rex is an accomplished inventor, successful entrepreneur, teacher, experienced millwright and amateur astronomer. His passionate belief in the value of space exploration has foundations in witnessing the Apollo landings, a love of science fiction, and profound confidence in the positive future potential of our species.

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Susan Holden Martin
Director

Susan Holden Martin, MBA, J.D., has 15 years of experience as a college educator and she serves as a director of The Mars Society of Canada and on the Steering Committee of The Mars Society (U.S.)

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Aastha Kacha

Aastha is contributing towards Artificial intelligent Algorithmic Design, Digital Fabrication and building Technology solutions to inhabit Mars.

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Shaun Dowell

As a former Canadian Forces member and avid learner, Shaun has developed skills in electrical systems, small engine repair, wind & solar power generation, animal medicine, welding & metallurgy and computer sciences including the development of VR and AR training.

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Andrea Christina Onn

Andrea is a passionate environmentalist and animal rights advocate. Her enthusiasm for the project of humans-to-Mars is founded in a belief that the technology and processes yielded through becoming multi-planetary will benefit all life on Earth.

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Max Lightstone

Max is a designer, planner, and developer. He likes to focus on events and getting new projects off the ground. 

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Haydn Hanna

Haydn is a trained primary school teacher who has recently undertaken study in elearning development. He loves that the world is excited about space again and believes that children deserve to be taken along for the journey! He's currently working on the Mars Explorer Program, an open-source, Mars themed curriculum for primary aged children.

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Astronauts presently in space

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Rocket Launches last year

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Mars missions underway

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Mars missions planned

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Become a Member

Help us turn knowledge into reality.
Student/Senior

$45

Per Year

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$60

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Lifetime

$600

Permanent

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Marspirations

The human factor.

The process of learning to live on Mars will drive an unprecedented age of technological advancement in arenas like energy generation and conservation, efficient water use, smarter farming techniques, material engineering, and much more.

It is not the abandonment of our home planet, it’s a new chapter in the growth in our species that will include new technologies and processes we can use here on Earth.

Evan Plant-Weir

Evan Plant-Weir

Chairman, The Mars Society of Canada

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Why Mars?

Click the icons below to learn why Mars is a crucial part of our future:



Scientific Discovery and Technological Innovation


Economic Growth and Return on Investment


The “Fix our planet first” Fallacy


The Protection of Life from Earth



Social and Cultural Growth


The Habitability of Mars


Mars Vs. The Moon


Human vs. Robotic Exploration

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Marslog

Articles and content produced by members of The Mars Society of Canada.
Mars Diversity
Why Mars Needs Diversity

In Ann Friedman’s 2014 profile of American astronaut Sally Ride, she notes that in 1990, NASA manage…

The Scale of Mars Infographic

Though the red planet is much smaller than Earth, it makes up for it with some truly colossal geolog…

Diaries from Analog Mars: Part 3 and Beyond

In September of 2021, MSC Mars Engineering Developer Jin Sing Sia went on the journey of a lifetime.…

Diaries from Analog Mars, Part 2: Arrival

Welcome to the second edition of a special MarsLog series! Diaries from Analog Mars is a sequen…

Diaries from Analog Mars: Preparing for Launch

Welcome to a new and exciting Marslog! Diaries from Analog Mars will be presented as a sequence of p…

Building Athens Part 1: Challenges to Building a Martian Education System

Welcome to Part 1 of Building Athens, the first in a series of articles on the development of the ve…

Tim Haltigin CSA
Mars Sample Return & Coffee Shop Craters: A Conversation With CSA Scientist Tim Haltigin

Tim Haltigin is a Senior Mission Scientist at the Canadian Space Agency. On July 29th, 2021, I had t…

Rocket Physics, the Hard Way: Spacecraft Maneuvering and Control

Header image: Artist’s impression of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft docking with the International…

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