The Mars Institute is an international non-governmental organization created with the goals of advancing the scientific study and exploration of Mars, conducting high-quality, peer-reviewed research, and educating the public on the progress toward and benefits of Mars exploration. It was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in both California and Canada in 2002. The Haughton-Mars Project is an international, interdisciplinary research project being carried out by the Mars Institute and SETI.
The institute also supports two other projects. They are the Mars Institute Mars-1 Humvee Rover and the Romance to Reality project. Donated by AM General, the Mars-1 Humvee is designed to safely and reliably accommodate crews of up to four researchers on Devon Island and to act as a test bed for future manned rovers on the moon and Mars. The Romance to Reality: Moon & Mars mission plans project is a comprehensive collection of annotated moon and Mars exploration studies carried out since 1950.
Mars Institute-USA is based at the NASA Ames Research Park at Moffett Field, California. Mars Institute-Canada is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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