The Mars Society of Canada

Research ⬡ Education ⬡ Advocacy

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Canadian astronaut on Mars – ‘DIOR’.
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Our Mission.

Mars is far enough away to be a challenge, while close enough in cosmic terms for this generation to explore it. In comparable terms, it is to this generation what Antarctica was to the generation of the early 1900’s.

Due to the unprecedented advent of true rocket reusability, and the blossoming of a robust private commercial space industry, the cost of reaching orbit is dropping significantly. We are in the midst of the transition to a new era in human spaceflight, and the window to becoming multi-planetary has opened at last.
 
Canada’s far north is a terrain geologically similar to much of Mars, with its glacial geomorphology and permafrost subsurface. This makes Canadian expertise in northern environments a valuable base from which to learn and explore Mars.
 
The Mars Society of Canada is a space-advocacy group dedicated to promoting, within Canada, the exploration of Mars by implementing public-outreach programs, lobbying governments and carrying out its own technical projects.
 
Canada has a proud legacy of contributing to space science and innovation. Mars exploration and settlement presents significant opportunity for Canadians to continue this legacy on a new horizon.

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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.

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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
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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Aastha Kacha
Architectural Concepts Developer
Aastha is contributing towards Artificial intelligent Algorithmic Design, Digital Fabrication and building Technology solutions to inhabit Mars.
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Jin Sing Sia
Mars Engineering Developer
As a 4th year mechanical engineering student at the University of Waterloo, he is applying his growing command of engineering principals to the discussion and analysis of current and future Mars technical endeavours.
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Shaun Dowell
Training Program Developer
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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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.

Andrea Christina Onn
Executive Assistant

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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Astronauts presently in space

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Rocket Launches this 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.
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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?

Why not focus exclusively on the Earth?

Technological Innovation

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.

Ecological Sustainability

Developing the knowledge and technologies that can make a closed-ecology work on a long-term basis on Mars will give us key insights into terrestrial ecologies while producing food security and waste management solutions that will reduce our ecological footprint on Earth.

Planetary Science

With its own collection of interlinked systems including an atmosphere, a hydrosphere, a cryosphere and geosphere, Mars will provide a unique opportunity to develop a better scientific understanding of these complex systems on Earth.

Sustainability of Our Species

Catastrophies have occurred on Earth in the past that have threatened the survival of many terrestrial species. Becoming interplanetary increases the probability that we can sustain our species into an indefinite future.

High-Tech Job Creation

Economies thrive when opportunities for highly-skilled individuals are created at the leading edge of innovation. Investing in the space sector and Mars innovations will retain key talent who will inspire the next generation of STEM graduates.

Social Innovation

The exploration and settlement of Mars will require us to develop a better understanding of ourselves as we create new ways of relating to one another on a new frontier that will be as much physical as it is psychological.

Start your journey with us now

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Marslog

Articles and content produced by members of The Mars Society of Canada.
Canadian Astronaut: NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission is “the dawn of a new era”
Canadian Astronaut: NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission is “the dawn of a new era”

Yesterday evening marked a significant turning point in human spaceflight, with the first operational mission of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program getting underway. CSA Astronaut David Saint-Jacques shar…

Infographic – How did we find water in Martian subsurface lakes?
Infographic – How did we find water in Martian subsurface lakes?

Last month, scientists confirmed the presence of multiple subsurface lakes under glaciers at the Martian south pole. How were these lakes found and why do they matter? Let’s dive into geophysics, astr…

NASA Administrator points to the Moon as a political gateway to Mars (opinion)
NASA Administrator points to the Moon as a political gateway to Mars (opinion)

Today Jim Bridenstine showed us under the hood of NASA’s current Moon program, with a candor that cuts through otherwise nebulous public relations rhetoric. Finally, I almost get it. The Artemis pr…

An Heirloom to a Civilization
An Heirloom to a Civilization

What will it mean to be human for our descendants? Will children born in the coming centuries find a sense of pride as a member of our kind? Will their place in the ever reaching limbs of the Sapi…

ISRU Part IV: How to Grow Food on Mars
ISRU Part IV: How to Grow Food on Mars

Header image: NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor harvests kale and lettuce from the Veggie (Vegetable Production System) experiment on the International Space Station (ESA/Alexander Gerst) …

ISRU Part III: How to Generate Energy on Mars
ISRU Part III: How to Generate Energy on Mars

Access to energy is arguably the most important indicator of a civilization’s development. On Mars, having access to energy can mean the difference between life and death – not only is it necessary …

ISRU Part II: How to Make Construction Materials on Mars
ISRU Part II: How to Make Construction Materials on Mars

In Part I, we discussed making the essentials for life on Mars: fuel, oxygen, and water. After the initial exploration phase, the construction of permanent settlements and structures will begin to bec…

ISRU Part I: How to Make Fuel, Oxygen, and Water on Mars
ISRU Part I: How to Make Fuel, Oxygen, and Water on Mars

Of the plethora of acronyms in Mars exploration circles, one in particular forms the cornerstone of many Mars and Moon exploration plans: In-Situ Resource Utilization, or ISRU. It is key to establishi…

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