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Mars Settlement and Exploration

Explore online courses in Mars Settlement and Exploration this Summer 2021. To accommodate your career, the  certificate program is delivered with small class sizes to enable you to continue working and be based in your home community to develop the knowledge and skills to explore and live on Mars

 

1st

World’s first academic program dedicated to Mars and making life multi-planetary

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20+ Guest Lecturers

An interactive environment designed to significantly improve human understanding of the settlement of Mars 

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Faculty

Learn from leading faculty pioneering the research and development

About the Online Program

Application Window

rolling admissions thereafter as space permits


Entry Term
Aug 2 - Aug 22, 2021


Course requirements
4 Courses

Tuition

$800 USD per Course

$3,200 USD for MSE Program

Format

Online, Executive-style

Time Commitment​

15 hours of live classes per week

Overview

Students are immersed in an interactive Program to learn about the science and systems involved in Mars settlement and exploration. The remote learning program provides an online certificate to train young professionals, researchers, and early settlers about Mars 101, human factors, life support, settlement operations, agriculture, geology, and more. Join the first student cohort at MarsU for guest lectures from NASA, SpaceX, ESA, and space industry experts in addition to small class sizes with limited seats, and class projects. Students develop the capability and mindset to apply the knowledge to research, exploration, and development of Mars and space.

 

The Program hosts four courses provided by Mars University that are geared toward young professionals with a science or engineering background. MSE Program is open to humans from any background, major, and age intended for people with a bachelor's or undergraduate degree from a higher education institution. 

Our Faculty
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Ilaria Cinelli, PhD

Faculty, MarsU

President, Aerospace Human Factors Association

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Daniel Tompkins, DPM

Faculty, MarsU

Founder and Agricultural Scientist, Grow Mars

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Graham Lau, PhD

Faculty, MarsU

Blue Marble Space, Director of Communications and Marketing

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Faculty, MarsU

President, Mars Society

Australia

Guest Speakers
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Cofounder and CEO,

InnovaSpace

Chief Science Officer, Deep Space Ecology

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Grants and Engagement Manager, The Physiological Society

Council Approval Group, Head Architect

 
Curriculum

1. Mars Geology

Mars Geology provides in-depth knowledge about the science, history, and resources of geological processes on the red planet. Students acquire diverse perspectives into the science of the aeolian winds, waters, ice, magma and tectonics, resources for agriculture, mining, and human factors. With a series of interactive lectures, this course enables each student to learn about the natural geological processes influencing the past, present, and future of Mars settlement and exploration.

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Jon Clarke, PhD

Faculty

2. Human Factors in Space Operations

The Human Factors course aims to provide multidisciplinary perspectives and skills with focused knowledge our modules: Space Health, Ground-based Analogues, Human Factors, and Enabling technology and system. Students are immersed in case studies on space suits, Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS), and more with interactive lectures on space medicine, biological challenges for life on Mars, safety, stressors, and mitigations, space architecture, engineering and innovations, and mission design.

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Ilaria Cinelli, PhD

Faculty

3. Mars Astrobiology

Mars Astrobiology explores the data-driven approach and understanding of potential Martian life over time based on insights from instrumentation, rovers, and spacecraft. This course dives into the origins of life, biodiversity, analog environments, geochemistry, the scientific literature on searching for life on Mars, planetary protection, and the future of astrobiology and civilization throughout Mars, the Solar System, and beyond.

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Graham Lau, PhD

Faculty

4. Mars Agriculture

The birth of civilizations and cities on Earth has centered around productive agricultural systems that use resources sustainably.  This course will examine the past, present and future of agriculture within the context of Mars. From leading plant biotechnology, sustainable greenhouses, hydroponics, and permaculture. Learn what is needed to grow a self sustaining civilization on Mars. 

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Daniel Tompkins

Faculty

 
Schedule

Week 1: August  2-8,      Mars Geology

Week 2: August 9-15,     Mars Astrobiology and Human Factors in Space Operations

Week 3: August 16-22,   Mars Agriculture

Four one-week courses are held  throughout the Program in August 2021. Students are required to complete the Mars 101 Course, a three-hour prerecorded introductory course that is being offered for free to enrolled students. Each Course offers around 10-15 hours of in-class online instruction from Monday to Friday with up to two hours of live lectures and one hour of guest lecturers per weekday. All classes and guest lectures take place in a close-knit synchronous environment via Zoom. Class times are coordinated in advance with individual faculty. Deliverables, readings, and files are coordinated by each instructor with a Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas and via email.

 
Tuition and Financial Aid

Financial aid opportunities and scholarships can be arranged with MarsU and potential partners or sponsors. With the support from our partners and sponsors, we are actively looking to develop partnerships to cover tuition costs for instruction, wages, and administration.

 

MarsU is not a Title IV institution recognised by the Department of Education and is currently not eligible to support Student Loans. Students are required to make a  25% tuition deposit to enroll in the respective course and/or Program. Payment plans can be arranged on a case-by-case basis. We recommend that applicants undertake their own fundraising efforts and coordinate with to increase their chances to receive a scholarship. 

Have a potential sponsor in mind? Contact Nadeem Khattak, Director of Student Services at MarsU at Nadeem@Mars.University or Request a Call.

 
Team Projects

Students are immersed in teams of three to five people or can lead individual project to advance the learning and retainment of student's passions and course material. Team projects details and topics are coordinated in each course for a grade with individual instructors and may lead to coauthoring research publications for conferences and journals. Students and alumni of MSE have the opportunity to present projects during the Annual Mars University Summit in September 2021 with the global space community.