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How can each of us help from Earth?

How can each of us contribute to designing and experimenting from down here?

I am an engineer working in space, and want to contribute some of my time and passion to help design a Mars mission. I'm reading up on some AIAA books (Spacecraft Mission Design, Space vehicle design and later LSS related).

How can we help NASA, ESA and JAXA? Where to send our conclusions? Where to create think tanks? Shouldn't we build a community of Mars Mission Design, governed by open-minded experts?

Just like Wikipedia managed to unite great minds, why not do the same for a Mars Mission?

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Submitted by 2 years ago

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  1. Very good question for the END.

    2 years ago
  2. Take a look at the Mars Society website !

    2 years ago
    1. Christopher Rabotin Idea Submitter

      I have had a look and contacted them for more information.

      2 years ago
  3. MDT

    Not a new idea but excellent never the less.

    I would happily contribute with all I can and I probably speak for many of the people posting on this forum. One of the main reasons we are reading and posting here if I'm not mistaken.

    2 years ago
  4. It seems to me that there are lots of citizen scientists, including myself, individually looking at the mars images to help highlight areas for further investigation. It occurs to me that there too much data for individuals to looks at and I was wondering whether there was a crowd sourced platform that would allow people to divvy up mars into manageble sections to work on and combine their efforts. Planetfour.org is a great example, but its scope is very narrow and limited to blotches and fans.

    Is there something more generic - for example someone who is interested in say ancient stream beds, or extinct volcanoes, or even enigmatic crater fills, or even simulcra?

    1 year ago
  5. I probably speak for many of the people posting on this forum. One of the main reasons we are reading and posting here if I'm not mistaken.

    thanks

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    6 months ago
  6. A me too to this also. I'm also working in the space sector Payload data ground segments and would like to get involved further in how the agencies establish a useful dialogue with the public. Part of this is how the data is accessed. to the science community, the PDS is great, but to average joe its a bit bewildering. its a push only conversation, that is the agencies push information but there are few opportuntities to feedback findings. This is why I've build a prototype social exploration app for MSL data at http://www.mars-tourist-guide.co.uk/curiosity/ With this you can explore different data sources and share discoveries with the crowd so that the findings are sticky. It aims to be like a WikiMSL but for data.

    6 months ago
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