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Explore Mars, Inc
100 Cummings Center
Suite 331K
Beverly, MA 01915
USA
Ph. 617-909-4425

Explore Mars Launches Indiegogo Campaign To Fund Search For Subsurface Martian Life

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C./EWORLDWIRE/Aug. 1, 2014 --- On July 31, 2014, at a special event held at American University in Washington, D.C., Explore Mars Inc. launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in support of its ExoLance project. ExoLance is an innovative privately-funded venture to search for life below the Martian surface.

"The search for life on another planet has been intriguing humanity for centuries," commented Explore Mars Executive Director Chris Carberry. "Through the ExoLance program, Explore Mars seeks to initiate a process that will determine once and for all whether there is life on Mars."

In the first phase of ExoLance, lasting approximately 12 months, the penetrator delivery system will be developed and tested. In subsequent phases, Explore Mars will aggressively work on science payload options and advancing the delivery system to flight-ready status.

Aerojet Rocketdyne will provide the initial computer modeling for the penetrator impacts. It is anticipated that this will be completed within the next few months. Joe Cassady, Executive Director, Space for Aerojet Rocketdyne noted that, "We have a long history of supporting Mars exploration at Aerojet Rocketdyne and we are excited to be supporting the Explore Mars concept for ExoLance." Also supporting ExoLance are Uwingu, The Planetary Society, Mars World, and the National Institute of Aerospace.

The Indiegogo campaign will run until the end of September, with a minimum goal of raising $250,000. However, the project also provides for secondary goals of over $1 million. Project updates will be announced periodically throughout the campaign.

According to Artemis Westenberg, president of Explore Mars, "The Explore Mars team is thrilled to initiate this project aimed at getting the answer to the most fundamental question we humans have: 'Are we alone in the universe?' With Gilbert Levin (Viking life detection experiments) and Chris McKay (noted astrobiologist and planetary scientist) on the science side and Aerojet Rocketdyne on the engineering side, we believe that ExoLance will provide a method to query Mars about possible life very thoroughly.”"

To support the ExoLance program and participate in the search for life on Mars, anyone interested can visit the Indiegogo campaign website at http://indiegogo.com/projects/exolance.

"Help Explore Mars determine if there is life on our neighboring planet. Let's make history together."

About Explore Mars: Explore Mars was created to advance the goal of sending humans to Mars within the next two decades. To further that goal, Explore Mars conducts programs and technical challenges to stimulate the development and/or improvement of technologies that will make human Mars missions more efficient and feasible. In addition, to embed the idea of Mars as a habitable planet, Explore Mars challenges educators to use Mars in the classroom as a tool to teach standard STEM curricula. Explore Mars, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation organized in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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CONTACT:
M. Wade Holler
Explore Mars, Inc
100 Cummings Center
Suite 331K
Beverly, MA 01915
PHONE. 9784061086

KEYWORDS: space, space exploration, Mars exploration, explore Mars, aerospace, outer space, space exploration, aerospace

SOURCE: Expore Mars Inc.


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