Mars Society South Asia
is a not-for-profit space advocacy organisation dedicated to advancing the scientific study, exploration, and public understanding of cosmos, in particular, the human exploration and settlement of planet Mars. The organisation focuses on and promotes the applications of robotics in space exploration and interplanetary missions.
Mars Society South Asia (MSSA) is the official chapter of ‘The Mars Society’ for South Asian region, The Mars Society is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting exploration and human settlement on the planet Mars. It was founded in 1998 by aerospace engineer Dr. Robert Zubrin and has distinguished members such as Buzz Aldrin and Peter H. Smith on its board of directors.
Influenced by the work and thoughts of Dr Robert Zubrin Mars Society South Asia was established by Sagar Dhaka and Harshit Sharma, and their associates from various Mars rover teams of South Asia on September 2, 2019.
The ignition point behind this was the success of Indian Rover Challenge 2019. MSSA is also involved in the conduction of various competitions and events to promote and encourage Mars exploration and research. International Mars rover competition Indian Rover Challenge is the flagship event of MSSA which is held annually.
Regulatory Authority for Indian Rover Challenge
Most of the founding members of Mars Society South Asia are alumni of the various rover teams of South Asia. South Asia has been one of the hotspots of rover teams.