In general the Polish Mars Society aims at:
- Provide an environment in which individual Polish space projects can be discussed, promoted and supported
- Supporting the emerging Polish space industry
- Focus media attention on space issues (with the support of PR Planet, a public relations company)
- Solicit state and institutional support for space-related projects
- Cooperate with research and educational institutions.
Some of our most important achievements in the field of general public outreach include:
- Organising two editions of the Mars Festival – 2007 and 2008 (in Cracow)
- Organising Stephen Robinson’s visit to Toruń (Robinson is a NASA astronaut)
- Organising a screening of The Mars Underground documentary during the Plus Camerimage Festival in 2009 in Łódź
- Publications (in Polish), including Informator Marsjański 2007 (The Mars Factbook 2007), the Society’s 2010 Progress Report, project pressbooks and publications written by members (the Society makes available, e.g., digital copies of some members’ Mars-related master’s and doctoral theses)
- Acting as honorary patron and jury member for a Mars-themed, nationwide contest for primary school pupils in 2010-2011 – Klasa ze snow (The class of your dreams).
Two of the rovers that took part in the University Rover Challenge and were supported by MSP – Magma and Magma 2 – had toured Poland and helped foster further interest in robotics, space-issues and the activities of the Polish Mars Society. Magma 2 has also been showcased outside of Poland, e.g. at the International Aerospace Supply Fair (AIRTEC) in Frankfurt, and at the Paris Air Show (both events in 2011).
Waiting for the public: Magma 2 at the AIRTEC Fair in Frankfurt, November 2011
(Credit: Wojciech Głażewski)