Since I was a young child Mars held a special fascination for me. It was so close and yet so faraway. I have never doubted that it once had advanced life and still has remnants of that life now. I am a dedicated member of the Mars Society,Norcal Mars Society National Space Society, Planetary Society, And the SETI Institute. I am a supporter of Explore Mars, Inc. I'm a great admirer of Elon Musk and SpaceX. I have a strong feeling that Space X will send a human to Mars first.
Mars Society Loses Long-Time Board Member Declan O’Donnell
The Mars Society is saddened to announce the passing late last week of long-time board member and close friend Declan O’Donnell. An active member of the organization’s board of directors and steering committee, Mr. O’Donnell was a respected trial lawyer in the Denver metropolitan area with a national constituency in the areas of tax and securities litigation.
Mr. O’Donnell maintained a growing practice base in space law, having authored over 50 publications on space law and policy, many with the AIAA, IISL and IAF conventions.
In addition, he served as president of the World Space Bar Association, publisher of the Space Governance Journal and founder and president of the United Societies in Space. His primary goal was to cause a consensus to develop on the legal structure and international character of a space colonization model.
“Declan was my good friend for many years,” said Mars Society president Dr. Robert Zubrin. “He was a true fighter for the future, and a great human being. He will be remembered, and he will be missed.”
A special service will be held in Mr. O’Donnell’s memory at Emmaus Anglican Church (995 N. Ridge Road, Castle Rock, CO) on Friday, October 23rd at 2:00 pm.