about us

Mars Society South Asia (MSSA) is a volunteer-driven space advocacy non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing the scientific study, exploration, and public understanding of cosmos, in particular, the human exploration and settlement of planet Mars. Mars Society South Asia is the official chapter of The Mars Society, USA for South Asia region. The organisation focuses on the applications of robotics in space exploration and interplanetary missions. It is also the regulating authority for annual Mars rover competition Indian Rover Challenge.

Inspire. Innovate. Explore.

We, the Mars Society South Asia believe in Inspire, Innovate and Explore. We aspire to INSPIRE the current and future generations to use our resources INNOVATIVELY to drive a positive change for the human settlement and EXPLORATION of cosmos.

Why Mars?

Among all the planetary bodies in our solar system, Mars is singular in that it possesses all the raw materials required to support not only life but a new branch of human civilization. This uniqueness is illustrated most clearly if we contrast Mars with the Earth's Moon, the most frequently cited alternative location for extraterrestrial human colonization.



Indian Rover Challenge (IRC) is only of its kind competition in Asia-Pacific which challenges students to design and build Mars rovers and perform in Mars simulated conditions.  Next edition of IRC will take place during January 17-20, 2020 at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


First edition of South Asian Annual Mars Convention (SAAMCon) will be held on January 20, 2020, at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


Consortium of Mars Rover Teams (C-MART) is a group of Mars rover teams of South Asia which strives to popularize rover designing and building among the youth of the region. It also acts as a platform for the transfer of knowledge and discussion among the rover teams.


Marspedia is an online encyclopedia of Mars.

There are some who question the relevance of space activities in a developing nation. We are convinced that if we are to play a meaningful role nationally, and in the community of nations, we must be second to none in the application of advanced technologies to the real problems of man and society.

Vikram Sarabhai

Father of Indian Space Program