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, 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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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, Content Creator
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 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.
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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.
Rocket Physics Special: The Physics of Perseverance

Header image: Artist’s impression of Perseverance in powered descent under its skycrane (image source: NASA/JPL-Caltech.) Perseverance, if all goes well, will land on Mars on Thursday! Previous …

Rocket Physics, the Hard Way: How to go to Mars – Extra Credit

This is a follow-up to Rocket Physics, the Hard Way: How to go to Mars which covered the basics of orbital mechanics. Building on our foundation of intuitive understanding, we will now cover the more …

Rocket Physics, the Hard Way: How to Go to Mars

“There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams In this serie…

Rocket Physics, the Hard Way: The Tyranny of the Rocket Equation

“Rocket science is tough, and rockets have a way of failing.” – Sally Ride, NASA astronaut To go to Mars, we need rocket science. But why is rocket science so hard? In this series, Rocket Ph…

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Countdown to a New Year in Space

2020 has been, to say the least, a difficult year for humanity. However, it has also been marked by great achievements in space exploration; a testament to our relentless pursuit for knowledge despite…

Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques
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-Jacque…

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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…

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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…

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