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.
Letters of Intent for Gemini Mars Design Competition Due January 30th
The Mars Society announced in September 2015 that the organization is launching an international student engineering contest to design the Gemini Mars mission, creating a plan for a two-person Mars flyby that could be placed on the desk of the President-elect in late 2016 and be completed by the end of his or her second term in office.
The Gemini Mars mission has some similarities to the previously proposed Inspiration Mars mission, but eliminates its principle weakness by avoiding the requirement to use a rarely employed high energy trajectory that imposed excessive technology development, launch capacity and schedule demands on the mission. Instead much easier and more frequently used low energy trajectories will be allowed.
The contest will be open to teams of engineering students from universities around the world, with the group offering the best design receiving a $10,000 prize, and awards of $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 going to the second, third, fourth and fifth place contestants, respectively.
Letters of intent from student teams interested in participating in the international competition are due by Saturday, January 30th.
For full contest instructions and details, please click here.