April has been an interesting month for me. Super busy and kind of a heads-down approach to get ready for the InSight launch coming up this weekend. Trips like that are only possible because of the support of our patrons on Patreon, so if that’s you – thanks!
We’re pushing forward with our plans to roll out the WeMartians travel grant. It’s an opportunity for the WeMartians community to give back to the STEM community by funding students to travel to conferences. Last month we visited the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this month and have seen first-hand how beneficial it can be. You can read more about our ideas for the grant in our recent explainer post. But to get there, we need your help!
Thanks to all the Patrons who’ve pledged support already, especially our Station-Level and higher donors. We’re already 79% of the way to our goal of $450/month to kick off the WeMartians Travel Grant. This is so close! I would love to see this goal reached by the summer time so that we can get this project moving!Click here to support WeMartians on Patreon
- Red Planet Review (4 episodes) – Our new series continued through April with 4 more episodes. Red Planet Review highlights this month are chalk full of spacecraft updates, from ExoMars reaching its final science orbit and returning its first data, to Mars Express software updates and upcoming rover milestones. Plus, Curiosity leaves Vera Rubin Ridge and Opportunity busts out its Rock Abrasion Tool for the first time in around 300 sols. It’s for our Lander-level patrons ($3+/month), but the first episode was published for free if you’d like to try it out!
- Listener Questions: Episode 40 (Mars One Waning feat. Ryan MacDonald) – Patrons Joost and Bradley helped out our interview with Ryan by submitting questions on the topic ahead of time. In fact, all the Patrons over in the Discord (see below) provided a lot of guidance in helping shape this unique episode (so thanks)!
- Discord Highlights – Over on the Off-Nominal Discord, our Rover-level ($5+) patrons continued to share in all kinds of great discussions. There has been a lot of excitement over the upcoming InSight launch, and we also had a tremendous discussion about the use of the word “Colonization” when exploring Mars. We hosted a live recording of Off-Nominal 7, and welcomed Tanya Harrison, planetary scientist and our guest for that episode, into the chat. It’s an incredible community you must check out. More on it here.
- Shop Discounts – Some of our members enjoyed their permanent discounts on the WeMartians Shop by contributing at the Station, Excursion and Base Levels! Perfect for picking up our new Good Vibes Shirt (celebrating the launch of InSight) and our Falcon Heavy Sweater design!
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