By now you probably heard about the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket anomaly/explosion/fast fire before it could put the Amos 6 into orbit… Wishing the team at SpaceX well in finding out the issues, correcting them and getting back to their mission.
Getting to Mars is hard. Space is hard. Rocket science is hard. This is a setback for sure, but it’s also a time for us to step up and continue with our efforts to continue with the most epic journey of our time.
That’s why I want to share some good news with you:
I’m excited to announce that two members of the I Love Mars Leadership Team, both Ron Sparkman and me, will be participating in a couple of Mars Events this September.
First up on September 22nd we are headed to Washington DC for the 19th annual Mars Society convention. We will be presenting a break out session titled: The Hybrid Approach Mars Mission (HAMM). We will explore combining various Mars mission types (Mars to stay, Mars to Orbit, Mars Semi-direct, etc) into 1 program to spread cost across multiple parties, and enhance chance for mission success. Let me know if you want to hear more about.
Second up on September 28th we will be headed to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to take part in the finals for the Mars City Design Contest. Our team, Mars NOW: Galactic Farms placed 1st in the agriculture category, and 3rd overall in the first round of the competition out of over 50 teams that participated in the international contest.
We teamed up with Jeff and Melissa Pernell of Galactic Farms, along with my wife, nutritionist and cyborg, Daniele Hargenrader, to put forth an innovative design for growing green food on the red planet.
I’ll be sending you more updates on the events and outcomes. Leave your questions or comments below. Until then… Ad Mars et Ultra (To Mars and Beyond) Bill H