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August 21, 2007

National Space Society to Co-Sponsor 10th Mars Society Convention

LOS ANGELES, CA.  The National Space Society is proud to announce that it has joined NASA and The Planetary Society as co-sponsors of the 10th International Convention of The Mars Society, to be held Thursday, August 30 through Sunday, September 2, 2007 at the University of California, Los AngelesUCLA is located 12 miles north of LAX, just west of Beverly Hills.

Web site:  http://www.marssociety.org/portal/c/Conventions/2007

Registration:  http://www.marssociety.org/portal/purchaseList#convention

This year's event features an exceptional line-up of plenary speakers, including:

  • Apollo Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin
  • Dr. Fuk Li, Director of the Mars Exploration Program at JPL
  • Elon Musk, Founder of Space X
  • Peter Diamandis, President of the X Prize Foundation
  • Dr. Scott Horowitz, NASA Associate Administrator for Exploration
  • Steve Cook, Manager NASA Ares Launch program
  • Dr. Peter Smith, Principal Investigator of the Mars Phoenix Lander
  • Dr. Louis Friedman of the Planetary Society

Many others will present at the convention, covering topics ranging from the hunt for extremophiles on Mars, to the 2007 Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) season, to ethics for a new world.  In addition, a wide range of track talks, evening entertainment, and the annual banquet and awards dinner will keep attendees entertained.  For the complete program and venue information visit the Mars Society website, see http://www.marssociety.org/portal/c/Conventions/2007.

Convention registration rates are $210 plus a separate $50 Mars Society membership, or $270 for a non-member.  One ticket to the Saturday Awards Banquet is included.

A reduced rate is offered for students and seniors at $70 plus a separate $25 Mars Society membership, or $105 for a non-member.  A ticket to the Saturday Awards Banquet can be purchased separately for $50.

Convention lodging is at the Sunset Village dormitory, directly adjacent to the event facilities.  Rooms are upscale, with air conditioning, satellite television, private bath, daily maid service and a high-speed Internet connection.  Each room has either two twin beds or one queen upon request.  Breakfast and lunch are included with room registration.  Rates are $126 per night single occupancy or $151 double occupancy. 

With less than two weeks to the beginning of the convention, we ask that you pre-register as soon as possible.  On-line registration can be done at the Mars Society website:  http://www.marssociety.org/portal/purchaseList#convention.

In addition to convention registration, you can book lodging for the event, additional banquet tickets, or daily parking passes.  The registration system accepts Visa/MasterCard and PayPal transactions.  You can also download a fax or mail-in form for other payment options.  On-line registration will close on Monday, August 27, so all pre-registrations must be received by then, but on-site registration and single day passes will be available at the registration table.

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The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, grassroots organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization.  Founded in 1974, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space.  NSS counts thousands of members and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world.

The society publishes the award-winning quarterly magazine Ad Astra and also produces the annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC).  For more information on Ad Astra, the ISDC, or the society, please visit:  www.nss.org

George T. Whitesides
Executive Director
email: george@nss.org
phone: (202) 429-1600

Jeremy Pyle
Vice President of Public Affairs
National Space Society
email: jeremy@nss.org
phone: (415) 713-6272


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