THE MARS SOCIETY – PERU CHAPTER
The Mars Society—Peru chapter (TMSP), is a chapter of The Mars Society established in Latin America in 2013 after the success of the first Team Peru crew. This crew was formed by the peruvian aerospace and astronautical engineer Alejandro Diaz, who works at the aerospace branch of Boeing, and is currently the president of TMSP. This first crew opened the opportunity for other students and Young professionals from Peru and Latin America to participate each year in this martian analog. Since then, The Mars Society Peru has been in charge of the program “Team Peru” which has sent five crews to MDRS until 2017 and later of the program “Team Latam”, which has sent already two crews, after sending people from Argentina, Colombia and Costa Rica in Team Peru IV (2016).
The Mars Society Peru also participate in outreach and academic events where it is invited. Examples of these events are the annual fair “Peru con Ciencia”, celebrated in Peru every year, and “Space Generation South America Workshop” in which Young professionals from South America debate about the future steps for the development of the space sector in the region. As an organizer, TMSP has been involved in the First Peruvian Space Week, organized with the Scientific Society of Astrobiology of Peru (SCAP), Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, in August 2016, and SpaceUp Peru in April 2018.
The Mars Society Peru also works actively in the recognition and intangibilization of the desert Pampas de La Joya, in Arequipa, Peru, as it is an important martian analog that can benefit South American countries, and also where it is planned to set up a base to for scientific research, and testing of technologies aimed to facilitate Mars exploration and/or colonization.