This is the Mars Society Netherlands' newsletter for April 2020. The pandemic has left its traces in the Mars-minded world. Last month ESA and Roscosmos announced that due to delays because of Covid-19 meassures they will postpone their ExoMars2020 mission for two years, rebranding it Exomars2022. So we will have to wait two more years before the Rosalind Franklin rover is going to bring us new images from Mars. Meanwhile NASA says it's still on schedule for launching its mission to Mars later this year. So NASA's rover Perseverance, carrying a small helicopter, will bring us some new views on the red planet next year.
Activities: writing contest
Because we can't organize any physical meetings for the time being, we came up with a contest. We want to ask you to write a short story that takes place in a future martian society. Your story can go about anything you like, but it should be set against the background of people living on Mars. In your story, we would like you to describe the solutions people have found for Mars' challenges and how living on Mars differs from living on Earth. The author of the best story wins a T-shirt with our logo. Please send your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org before the 1st of June 2020.
Recommended: The Case for Space
If you read this newsletter regularly, or have followed the Mars Society for a while, you've probably heard about the book 'The Case for Mars' by Robert Zubrin, the society's founder. Now Mr. Zubrin has written a new book, that puts the scope layed out in his first book a bit wider. The new book, 'The Case for Space' starts with the present day space race between SpaceX, Blue Origin, NASA and some other players to send the biggest rocket into orbit against the lowest price. Zubrin believes that this race will eventually kick off a new space age. He meticulously describes which steps should be taken to first conquer Earth's orbit and then the moon, Mars and beyond. The author gives economical and technical solutions for almost all the challenges the solar system might put on our path when we travel through it and start living in other places than Earth. This book definitely is a must-read for everybody interested in space flight, exploration and colonization.
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