Meeting Minutes for “April” (May 1st) Meeting


We had a good meeting, with 8 members in attendance. Thanks for the cooperation in delaying the meeting from Easter weekend!

We went over and closed out a number of action items from the previous meeting. I gave the zazzle check for our T-shirts to Dan, so the finances from last summer’s T-shirt sales at the convention are finally closed!

We went over Bob Z’s upcoming visit to Dallas, to speak to a joint AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) / ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) / Mars Society meeting. This will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) planetarium from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on June 16, a Thursday. Hors d’oeuvres are planned to be provided, which will provide a meet, eat, and greet opportunity to mix with Bob Z.

We talked about a variety of issues for the convention, now only 3 months (!!!) away! There were details of posters, T-shirts, AV equipment needs, sponsors, publicity, local tours, and our ‘Mars 101’ public outreach track to discuss and come up with ideas on.

Some areas:

-We had talked about bringing a mock spacesuit to the convention for a display, but we may be able to get suits in better shape from one of the West Coast Mars Society chapters rather than the heavily worn ones from MDRS.

-plans were made for several members to bring flyers to the ISDC and to the Sci-Fi conventions, coming up in May.

-I will be talking at the SMU gifted students conference, and handing out flyers on the convention there so the word is getting out!

Also, be sure to keep in touch with the national site at as additional speakers are announced!

We also gathered ideas for outreach and contacts, and action items (sent out separately), so there is plenty of things for us to do…

See you May 29! Kurt

Minutes from our March 2011 meeting

The meeting opened with a discussion of Messenger’s historic orbit around Mercury and it’s first images from Mercury’s surface (

We discussed NASA’s spacecraft Juno, which will study Jupiter.  Juno is planned to launch in August (

We also discussed the Mars Science Laboratory which is also scheduled to launch later this year (

We congratulated Markus Iske on the winning poster design for the 2011 Mars Society convention.  Markus’ winning design can be viewed here:

We reviewed action items from last month’s meeting and covered convention planning topics.  The conversation was lively and a number of great ideas were discussed.

We appreciated and thank the National Space Society (NSS) Dallas chapter for their donation of convention advertising funding.

Last, we discussed the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) which will be held in Alabama this year

2011 Poster Contest


Mars Society Announcement

February 18, 2011

2011 Mars Society Poster Contest

The Mars Society is calling on members and friends to design and submit posters to the 2011 Mars Society Poster Contest.  The winning design will be used as the primary graphic for publicizing the 14th Annual International Mars Society Convention, to be held in Dallas, Texas on August 4 – 7, 2011.

The main theme of this year’s convention is “Frontier: Mars”.  With this, the Mars Society hopes to emphasize that the Red Planet is a future home for mankind, and that humans will go there to stay, to create a new world and not just for exploration.

Other related themes that could be incorporated into the poster design include – “Pioneers”, “Texas”, “Colonization”, “Settlement” and “Terraforming”.  The poster design should make clear that the exploration of Mars is only the first step to a new and promising era in human development.

The winner will receive free admission to all sessions of the Mars Society’s annual convention in Dallas, as well as a ticket to the main banquet.  [Airfare and hotel accommodations are not included.]  The deadline for submitting all poster designs is Friday, March 11, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EST (note this was extended from the March 4th deadline).

To submit your poster, please e-mail the sample to:  Please also use this e-mail address for any questions regarding the contest and/or the submission process.



Use of Image: Artist gives permission to The Mars Society to use digital images(s) of art work in web and print media.

Poster Contest Disclaimer: The Poster Contest Artist, by submitting an application, agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Mars Society from and against any and all claims, demands or expenses (including attorneys fees) for libel, slander, invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright, personal injury, damages, or any other claims, demand or expenses resulting from performance in connection with this agreement.

For further information about the Mars Society, visit our website at Your donations are welcome.

Meeting Minutes for February 2011

There were 9 persons in attendance. We welcomed guest students from UTD.

The meeting opened with a discussion of South by Southwest ( which will be held in Austin the week of March 11-20. We also discussed ConDFW ( which was held in Dallas in February. There were several great tracks on space/science themes at ConDFW. We appreciated the National Space Society helping with flyer handouts.

Dan gave a treasury report and brought in t-shirts from prior mars society conferences for sale.

We reported on convention progress and formed an outreach subcommittee. We also discussed the Mars society art contest. The submission date for the art contest has been extended to March 11th. The winning design will be used as the primary graphic for publicizing this year’s convention. The winner will receive free admission to the convention and a ticket to the main banquet.

We voted to purchase additional books, The Case for Mars, and create chapter business cards.

Last we discussed NASA’s exciting website which allows you to submit your name to be included on microchip on the Mars Science Laboratory.

January 2011 Meeting Minutes

There were 13 persons in attendance at our January meeting.  We were delighted to be joined by 5 guests.

Several 2011 convention planning meetings were held between our November and January chapter meetings.  The January chapter meeting opened with a report on these meetings and on convention planning progress.  Convention planning topics were further discussed at January’s chapter meeting.  The conversation was lively and full of great ideas.

Mark brought a video on the X Prize which he donated to the Dallas chapter.  Dan also provided a treasury report.

Last, we discussed Perry Middle School’s space week which has been moved from March to May this year.  Don brought up some great ideas to expand exhibits at this year’s space week.

Website Status of 2010

I can assure you the website is alive and well, even though we have missed the last couple meeting minutes. The end of the year is hectic for everyone, and for the members of the Dallas Mars Society there is no exception.

I am posting a graph of website page views over the last year. There are more WebStatistics available, but they are of little value–a majority of our traffic is SPAM-related.


The discussion forum on Yahoo! Groups is also alive.  A whopping 88 posts were made in 2010 and there were 42 members at the end of the year. Traffic remained constant throughout the year, which means the group forum was a useful and important conduit for sending and receiving group announcements, even if it wasn’t a lively place for animated discussions about space policy (you have to attend the meetings for that).

The @DallasMars Twitter account went live in March 2010–thanks for M Siedle. As of year end it has 222 tweets to 21 followers.