The purpose of the Mars Society is to further the exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. We will accomplish this through:
1. Public outreach fostering Mars pioneers
2. Worldwide support for government-funded Mars research and exploration
3. Private-enterprise Mars exploration and settlement
Starting small, with hitchhiker payloads on government-funded missions, we intend to use the credibility such activities engenders to mobilize larger resources, further enabling private robotic missions and ultimately human exploration and settlement of Mars.