Pathway to a Space Suit - Mars Society Convention

24th Annual International Mars Society Convention - 4 Days


Green: Walking on Mars: A Pathway to a Martian Space Suit

Extravehicular Activities (EVAs) are when astronaut crewmembers leave their spacecraft or habitat to do work or explore. These EVAs are made possible with space suits. Performing EVAs on the Martian planetary surface will require advanced space suits to allow crew members to safely, easily, and frequently traverse the rugged terrain for the entire duration of the mission. While the lunar "moonwalking" EVAs have been an important and iconic part of human space exploration, most of the EVA time has been in microgravity. This gravity-free environment is very different and, in many ways, less difficult than a planetary surface. NASA’s return to the moon provides the EVA community with a valuable testbed to develop new technologies and designs that will make human exploration of the red planet possible, while paving the way for further space suit advancements, including additively manufactured and Mechanical Counter Pressure (MCP) space suits. This combined with the operational experience resulting from long-term surface exploration will ready humanity for a mission to Mars. This will be a discussion on how lunar exploration can be used to build up technological and operational capabilities that will be critical for the human exploration of Mars.

The 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention is Thursday-Sunday, October 14-17, 2021. This convention presents a unique opportunity for those interested in the planet Mars to come together and discuss the science, technology, social implications, philosophy and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration.

You can register on the main website After you register, you can access the convention's main application Attendify at using code "TakingFlight".

More info and session listings are in the hub world, code PDK958

This meeting is interactive. Most of the time the speakers and members are appearing on a Zoom screen. You will be able to grab the mike so you can talk to the people in Zoom.

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 the government on the benefits of exploring Mars and creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet.