Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Explore Mars, Discover Earth at the World Space Week 2013


More than twenty organizations spread across four continents will be exploring Mars - and discovering more about Earth in October (4-10) during the World Space Week (WSW). A campaign of networked Mars analog demonstrations is being launched to celebrate WSW 2013. In the most ambitious global outreach and education campaign for WSW to date, teams of researchers, explorers and educators will carry out Mars simulations and tests of rovers, spacesuits and other hardware at locations worldwide.

Activities will include the WSW 2013 Mission to Mars, a 4-day simulation of a human Mars expedition at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. The 6-person crew will be led by Jon Rask from the Space Biosciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center. The Mission to Mars and all satellite events will be coordinated from the WSW 2013 Mission Control Center, located at the Headquarters of the Austrian Space Forum in Innsbruck, Austria. 

'Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth' is organized by the World Space Week Association, in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council, the Mars Society, the Austrian Space Forum and Kiwispace Foundation. Remco Timmermans, Executive Director of World Space Week says, "The 'Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth' analog campaign incorporates science, engineering and education activities related to living and working on Mars.

WSW is reaching out to millions of people around the world with the message: 

We are on the brink of an exciting new era and you can be part of it!"

Gernot Grömer, President of the Austrian Space Forum, says, 'We are honored to take on the task of operating the Mission Control Center, connecting many of the world's premier analog research teams for planetary exploration. This year's Word Space Week will be an impressive showcase of what the solar system exploration community has achieved up to now."

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