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.
The Mars Society, its staff and membership wish to extend their thoughts and prayers with the people of Belgium following today's horrific terror attacks in Brussels.
The two incidents in Belgium hit close to home for part of the Mars Society family, with Crew 166 (Mission to Mars UCL), made up of six Belgian university students, currently stationed at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
The crew was notified of the attack this morning by MDRS Program Director Shannon Rupert. Commenting on her talk with the Belgian team, Ms. Rupert said, "Our current crew is a group of university students from Belgium. The looks on their faces when I told them their country was under attack will stay with me for a while."
The crew notified MDRS Mission Support later in the day that they would continue with their mission, with one crew member sending the following note: "We are saddened by the terrorist attack in our country, and we are addressing our condolences to all the families of the victims. Despite this attack, we will remain on Mars until the end of our mission."
If you would like to leave a note of condolence for Crew 166 in the coming days, please post a comment on the MDRS Facebook page.
Crew 166 showing solidarity with Belgium while at MDRS