Current Projects (Updated January 2018)

Marspedia Modernization –

Modernize and grow Marspedia to become the world’s leading Mars wiki / online free encyclopedia.  Ongoing since Aug 2017.

We formed a Governing Council for Marspedia and James was elected as Vice Chair.  We are using the #marspedia channel on our Slack to coordinate technical efforts.


Mars VR –

We are just getting going on this effort to create new VR experiences for MDRS and other Mars Society analog activities, to help tell the story of being on Mars using VR.  We are working with some external experts on this and currently scoping out what we want to do.



We have rebuilt the MDRS website to be a super-modern WordPress install, and we have successfully automated the crew report process by pairing up our excellent Capcoms with the WordPress Jetpack Post-By-Email feature!  Our role with MDRS will be to continue to monitor the daily communications and provide IT support when needed.


Chapter Website Template – Not Started – new volunteers could help with this!

Create a simple and easy to use WordPress theme template (likely based on a default WP theme) for new chapter websites.



MarsChat – code complete, not yet being used.

Create a real-time (with simulated Earth-Mars delay) chat application for MDRS crews to communicate with Capcom.


WWW 2018 – Not Started – new volunteers could help with this!

Redesign and modernize the Mars Society’s main website and members area. We could also create a standard branding / style guide to use across all websites.  This has been a need that keeps coming up.


Long-Term Objectives


Chapter WordPress Sites
We are assisting the chapters of the Mars Society with setting up modern, responsive websites, primarily using the free WordPress software to build and maintain the sites. If you have WordPress experience with creating themes and publishing content, we could use your help. Contact if you are interested.

Convention Video
All videos from the annual Mars Society Conventions are archived to YouTube.

Mobile Apps
We are working on our first set of iPhone/iOS and Android apps!  We need folks of all skillsets to help develop and test the apps.  Contact if you are interested in helping.


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The Internet Task Force is led by James Burk, Webmaster & IT Director for the Mars Society. Twitter: @jamesburk