45 years ago, human walked on the Moon. In less than 40 years, he will set foot on Mars. Those women and men who will walk the soil of the Red Planet are already born: They are sitting on the benches of our schools.

Set foot on Mars is not utopia. The scientific and technical problems are enormous but not insurmountable.

 Let's do it!

 
Mars Society Belgium logo onboard of the ISS - Picture: Frank De Winne

 

Besides these, other aspects linked to economy, social and psychology, will have to be addressed and discussed.

For making that huge project successful, international and multidisciplinary collaboration including scientists, technicians, students, teachers... (this list goes on) will be needed and essential.   

Mars Society Belgium would like to participate in this 21st Century Challenge, in close cooperation with international organizations, by raising awareness of the public about the enormous challenges that will be faced and also the fantastic opportunities that this spacial project will give to humanity in the coming decades.

Everyone, whoever he is, if he's curious and interested in the human and space dimensions, is welcome to Mars Society Belgium.

 Why going to Mars?

Like the Apollo program that saw the arrival of Human on the Moon, the journey to Mars will:

  • give a huge boost to the whole world space activities;
  • revitalize interest in science especially for young people by giving them a vision for their future;
  • revitalize global economy through the creation of high-skilled jobs, laboratories, industries...
  • be a unifying element by exciting the people and especially youth of the world to achieve a common and difficult objective;
  • allow significant technical and scientific advances with repercussion in the life of everyday especially in the areas of environmental and resources management and waste recycling;
  • allow a better understanding of our solar system and our origins.

And in a more general and philosophical aspect, space adventure allows an awareness of the place of the human being in the cosmos; Using the People to find answers to questions they have for thousands of years on the origin of the evolution of the Universe and Life.

Earth is and will remain the cradle of humanity. We must preserve this original human habitat, and the "setback" that gives us space travel makes us aware of its fragility and the need to protect it.

But exploring Mars will also allow humanity to consider in a not so distant future to migrate to new heights and adapt to a new environment on Mars, while protecting it.