The Mars Society is a worldwide organisation promoting the principals of human space exploration and scientific endeavour, specifically about human missions to Mars.

Members will have the opportunity to be part of a Manchester team to go to the MDRS
Members will have the opportunity to be part of a Manchester team to go to the MDRS

The society was founded by Dr Robert Zubrin and others, and reading one of his award The Mars Underground DVD Coverwinning books can teach newcomers to this idea a great deal. (Try the award-winning The Case For Mars, there are 45 pages free here, or you can find it at Amazon or Google Play Ebook.) The society is not-for-profit, and run by volunteers, with each chapter responsible for it’s own activity and funds. We have to do all our own fundraising, but there are amazing opportunities for people to be involved, engaging universities in robotics, and opportunities to access the amazing assets the society has, such as access to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS)

This chapter of the Mars Society is based in Manchester, but people can join and get involved from any location. Membership of the society is by annual subscription, and affiliate membership is given to any student who is part of their University Mars Society.

This chapter was formed on October 11th 2015, and has ambitious plans for activity in the UK.

Don’t have a Mars Society at your school or University? Set one up!

The Mars Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. Established by Dr. Robert Zubrin and others in 1998, the group works to educate the public, the media and government on the benefits of exploring Mars and creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet.

“We are much closer today to being able to send humans to Mars than we were to being able to send men to the Moon in 1961, and we were there eight years later. Given the will, we could have humans on Mars within a decade.” — Dr. Robert Zubrin, Mars Society President

The purpose of the Mars Society is to further the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet.


We will accomplish this through:

  1. Public outreach fostering Mars pioneers
  2. Worldwide support for government-funded Mars research and exploration
  3. Private-enterprise Mars exploration and settlement

Starting small, with hitchhiker payloads on government-funded missions, we intend to use the credibility such activities engenders to mobilize larger resources, further enabling private robotic missions and ultimately human exploration and settlement of Mars.