March 1, 2021.
After much discussion, the Founding team at Mars University decided to postpone the in-person Summer Program to July 2022 primarily due to travel restrictions and covid-19 pandemic.
With almost half of the faculty and many student applicants for the Summer Program from many countries, there was too much uncertainty around organising the first in-person program at Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in July 2021.
“We are, of course, disappointed that we had to make this decision and want you to know that we are still very excited to have you join us next summer”, mentioned by Dr. Shannon Rupert, Director at MDRS. Mars University is seeking to collaborate with other host partners or universities in the United States to enable the first in-person Mars-oriented Program and courses during Summer 2022.
In the meantime, Mars University is thrilled to announce and to begin developing a new remote-learning Program to offer a Certificate in Mars Settlement and Exploration to commemorate the successful missions of NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover at Jezero Crater, UAE’s hope probe, and China’s Tianwen-1 spacecraft and rover in Utopia Planitia in February 2021.
The new more affordable online Program will take place during summer 2021 and will be open to undergraduates, young professionals, and humans of any background.
"We are looking for an adjunct faculty to teach about the mechanical and systems engineering relevant to the life support technologies and systems involved in Mars settlement", mentioned by Kolemann Lutz, Cofounder at MarsU.
Interested students are encouraged to register your interest by completing the online Program Survey to help guide the program format and to design your own education. MarsU looks forward to updating you with more details on the Program in the coming weeks and months.