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This is the newest Mars Society Netherlands' newsletter. It's already October 2020. 

At the 13th of this month, Mars and the Sun appeared on opposite sides of the sky as seen from Earth. Such a Mars opposition happens about every 2 years and 2 months – 779.94 Earth days to be precise. When on a clear evening, you look towards the eastern sky, you can easily distinguish Mars with the naked eye. 
At this point the distance between Mars and Earth is at it's shortest. This is an important reason why at this moment, three probes are on their way to the red planet. When you leave shortly before the opposition, the journey will be faster than at other times. 

Another issue we would like to bring to your attention is that the Mars Society Netherlands is looking for people who would like to join us in spreading our message. For those of you who would like to help organizing activities concerning Mars, or do want to help keeping our website or Facebook page up-to-date, please contact us at



We have a cool 'Living on Mars'  mug for sale in our webshop! By purchasing this mug you sponsor a good cause: The Mars Society Netherlands will donate all profit to the Food for Mars and Moon project of Wageningen University!



Further Corona restrictions in the Netherlands make it impossible to organise real life meetings. This means that The Mars Society Netherlands will focus on on-line events for the near future. One of the projects we're working on is a Mars knowledge quiz, that will be played on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We'll keep you updated about when to watch.


Recommended: Away

Starting the beginning of last September, streaming platform Netflix is airing the drama series 'Away'. In this series, Hilary Swank plays an astronaut who leads a mission to Mars. The drama of the personal sacrifices the astronauts must make is set against the action "celebrating the incredible advancements humans can achieve." You can view the trailer over here:


Further News:

image Record-Setting Interest in 2020 Virtual Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society, the world’s largest space advocacy group dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the Red Planet, concluded its 23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention on Sunday, setting a new event record with over 10,000 registered attendees for the online forum, which ran from October 15-18.

image Colonizing Mars could be dangerous and ridiculously expensive. Elon Musk wants to do it anyway

Elon Musk has spent nearly two decades rallying SpaceX fans around his goal of colonizing Mars, something world governments aren't currently attempting — in part because of the unfathomable price tag such a mission will entail.

image Wanted: your ideas for ESA’s future space missions

Do you have a compelling idea for a future space mission? Then we want to hear it. ESA is issuing an open call for new mission concepts across its entire range of activities. Anyone is encouraged to submit in response, from research institutes and companies to ‘citizen scientist’ members of the public.

image Are aliens hiding in plain sight?

In July, three unmanned missions blasted off to Mars – from China (Tianwen-1), the US (Nasa’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover) and the United Arab Emirates (Hope). The Chinese and American missions have lander craft that will seek signs of current or past life on Mars. Nasa is also planning to send its Europa Clipper probe to survey Jupiter’s moon Europa, and the robotic lander Dragonfly to Saturn’s moon Titan. Both moons are widely thought to be promising hunting grounds for life in our solar system – as are the underground oceans of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus.

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