Feb 12

Mars City State Design Competition Announced

The Mars Society is pleased to announce the holding of an international contest for the best design plan of a Mars city state of 1,000,000 people. There will be a prize of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second, $2,500 for third, $1,000 for fourth and $500 for fifth. In addition, the top 20 papers will be published in a new book “Mars City States: New Societies for a New World.”

The Mars Society contest is open to all people from around the world. Participants can work alone or as part of a team. Each contestant will need to submit a report of no more than 20 pages presenting their plan by no later than June 30, 2020. A down select will then be made to the top 10 proposals, whose authors will be invited to present them in person in front of a panel of judges chosen by the Mars Society at the 23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention in Los Angeles in October 2020.

To help develop ideas, participants might want to consider a number of sources including SpaceX plans, NASA data, Robert Zubrin’s books “The Case for Mars” and the “The Case for Space” and concepts for 1,000 person Mars colonies developed in response the Mars Society’s 2019 Mars Colony Prize contest published recently in “Mars Colonies: Plans for Settling the Red Planet.”


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