Sunday, 28th May 2023

First Announcement

This was the first email sent to our Announcements mailing list. It was sent on September 1st, 2004.

Subject: [MarsHome] Welcome to the Mars Homestead Project!

[Announcement from the Mars Homestead Project -]

You have been added to the Announcements mailing list for the Mars Homestead Project. Welcome! You may have signed up at a recent conference or on our website at

The Mars Homestead Project seeks to develop a unified plan for building the first habitat on Mars using local materials. The ultimate goal of the project is to build the first permanent settlement on Mars, allowing civilization to spread beyond the limits of our small planet.

In case you missed it, we received our first press coverage from Wired News back in June. Both of our co-founders were interviewed for the article, and we have a link to the story as well as an archived copy on our website.

Our planning efforts are already well underway after a "kickoff" meeting last month at MIT. Phase 1 planning documents are expected to be complete in November, and a unified plan for the first permanent habitat on Mars is expected in the first half of 2005. Once that is complete, the Project will undertake more detailed planning and begin to plan & build a prototype research base here on Earth.

We will work with other space advocacy groups to accomplish our goals, and will offer a set of prototyping projects suitable for local chapters and small groups to work on. One of our goals is to expand the membership of all space advocacy groups.

We are seeking interested scientists and professionals in many fields, and right now we have a special need for those experienced with Instrumentation and Control (I&C) and Information Technology (for the habitat's communication, data collection, & IT resource organization) If you possess this experience and have some time to volunteer, please get in touch with us using the "Contact Us" page on the website or the email address info-at-marshome-dot-org

Non-professionals can also help out, those interested in "brainstorming" discussions can join a discussion group that is open to anybody. Check out the "Discussion Groups" link on the webpage. Those who would like to volunteer to help maintain the website and work on other public outreach materials can join the Communications team by getting in touch with us via the "Contact Us" page or email to info-at-marshome-dot-org

We will continue to use this list for announcements on the project to update you on our progress. Thanks for your interest in the Mars Homestead Project!

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