Mars Societies in europe

The Mars Society is not a single organization but an association of independent national branches, operated as non-profit organizations of volunteers according to national laws. In Europe each country organizes and operates its own specific Mars Society chapter and defines its own specific focus and projects in accordance with the common Mars Society goals.

The different countries with Mars Society branches are represented in a so-called Mars Society Steering Committee, which convenes normally once a year for discussing common matters and eventually agreeing on common goals and undertakings, as appropriate. The Mars Society organises each year conferences in the US and Europe, which attract a wide variety of scientists and Mars enthusiasts.

The objective of this “Mars Society in Europe” website is presenting the different European Mars Society organizations and their main goals and projects.

European Mars Society Organizations


OeWFThe Austrian Space Forum (Österreichisches Weltraum Forum, OeWF) is a national network for aerospace specialists and space enthusiasts and represents also the Austrian chapter of the Mars Society. The OeWF serves as a communication platform between the space sector and the public; it is embedded in a global network of specialists from the space industry, research and policy.

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Mars Society Bulgaria is founded in Bulgaria in 2012 with headquarters in Sofia. It is registered in Bulgaria as non-profit organization in public benefit. Mars Society Bulgaria is focused on work with teenagers throughout various DIY projects.

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Association Planète MarsAssociation Planète Mars (APM) is a non-profit French organization, established in 1999 in the wake of the 1998 Mars Society founding convention, to which Richard Heidmann, the APM founding chairman, participated.

APM constitutes the French chapter of The Mars Society. It shares the views and supports the actions of this organization, nevertheless taking into consideration, if necessary, their adaptation to the national and European cultural and political context. It keeps close relationship with the other European chapters, as well as with the French and the European Space Agencies.

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Mars Society DeutschlandThe German Mars Society (Mars Society Deutschland e.V. – MSD) was co-founded in 1998 together with the US Mars Society based on the Mars Society Founding Declaration, and was later-on registered in Germany as a non-profit organization. The MSD has 120 members.

In addition to the promotion of unmanned and manned Mars exploration in the public, the MSD has engaged in the development of the ARCHIMEDES project, an innovative method to explore the Mars atmosphere using a 10-19 m balloon deployed in Mars orbit. The balloon carries a scientific payload performing measurement during its slow descent to the Mars surface. The ARCHIMEDES mission feasibility will be demonstrated through the MIRIAM project, where a downscaled ARCHIMEDES balloon probe will be exposed in the high Earth atmosphere to aerodynamic conditions similar to the Mars environment.

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Mars PlanetMars Planet is an international active organization with headquarters in Italy whose objective is to promote the research and the industrial application related to the human exploration of Mars and Space. Mars Planet is the Italian Chapter of the Mars Society. To accomplish its scope Mars Planet develops technologies which can be applied both in Space and not-Space industry.

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Mars Society PolskaMars Society Polska is the Polish chapter of The Mars Society. Founded in 1999, at present it has approximately 110 members (both from Poland and abroad), including engineers and scientists, media people, businesspeople and a large group of university students, with around 20 (both members and non-member volunteers) forming an active core group.

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Mars Society SwitzerlandThe Swiss branch of the Mars Society – Mars Society Switzerland – was founded in February 2010 as a nonprofit organization under the Swiss laws.
It adheres to the principles of manned Mars exploration as described by Robert Zubrin in his “Case for Mars” book and to his goal of setting up a permanent basis on the Red Planet where human beings would be able to live and develop scientific research in an as-extended-as-possible autonomy (reduced costs and a first step for a larger future human settlement).

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European Mars Society Associates

European Space Foundation

European Space FoundationEuropean Space Foundation is to promote knowledge in engineering, technology and mathematics. The Foundation is working to teach in academic and technical occupations schools about space and the universe.

The Foundation supports research and projects, deals with cooperation and knowledge transfer between companies and institutions. It also supports research projects, including the development of space research and all aspects of the project in the field of space technology and astronomy. Leading space and research projects in the European Union.

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Slovak Organisation for Space ActivitiesPopularization. The universe is a very interesting place. It is worth investing in his research, because the knowledge and achievements that humanity gains through have unimaginable consequences for technological advancement and the quality of our lives.

Education. The universe is the future, and the future belongs to the young generation. We are also committed to educating children and young people.

Technological development. We are working on SOSA to develop our own space research technologies. Whether it’s the launch of stratospheric balloons, the construction of the first Slovak satellite or the development of our own space simulator, every experience takes us one step further on our way to the stars.

Cooperation with ESA – the European Space Agency – is simply referred to as “European NASA”.

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