Jezero Crater as a landing site

From NASA workshop in 2017

The best fortune for explorers would be to discover and learn about a new destination. NASA has been selecting 8 sites on Mars that would be best for their scientists and engineers to complete their next mission for Mars Exploration; MARS 2020.

The 3rd workshop was held in Pasadena, California. Based on the final vote from knowledgable researchers and scientists, the choice to be considered was Jezero Crater.

This is a PDF presentation by T Goudge, at JPL NASA 3rd workshop for 2020 Landing Site for Mars Rover Mission: Exploring the Volcanic, Alteration, Climate, and Fluvio-Lacustrine Record of Early Mars at Jezero Crater 


(Wiki) Jezero is a crater on Mars located at 18.855°N 77.519°E in the Syrtis Major quadrangle. The diameter of the crater is about 49.0 km (30.4 mi). Thought to have once been flooded with water, the crater contains a fan-delta deposit rich in clays.

The crater was named after one of the towns with this name in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In several Slavic languages, including Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Serbian, Slovak and Slovene, the word jezero means “lake”.

Life may have developed in the crater since it is believed the lake was long-lived; the delta may have required period of 106–107 years to form.  Clays form in the presence of water, so this area probably once held water and maybe life in ancient times. The surface in places are cracked into polygonal patterns. Such shapes often form when clay dries out.


Syrtis Major, Jezero Crater by Viking 1 orbiter.



Design on Mars! Red Planet City Building

Article By Leonard David, the Author of MARS National Geographic Book

The Mars City Design group is working hard to provide an innovation platform for thought leaders to share and develop their ideas into sustainable products, with the dream to build a city and the lifestyles for the Red Planet, for Earth and beyond.

A 2nd Annual Gala Award Ceremony 2017 is being staged this October, featuring 2017 winners, space experts, and Mars pioneers, as well as some Hollywood celebrities… Read More>>


How to Design Cities on Mars? A New Think Tank Has Some Awesome Ideas

Mars City Design differentiates itself from those other initiatives by encouraging proposals that put aeshetics, well-being, and urban-thinking first.

Mars City Design Finalists 2017!

Mars City Design™ Team are proud to announce the 10 selected finalists for 2017!

The teams have been working on their respective project(s) since October 2016 or more. To support the next development for each project, Mars City Design™, Mars City Foundation & partners are launching our second PowerLab Workshop, August 1st-10th,2017 at USC Los Angeles.

Following the workshop, the final scores will be delivered by our 3 principal jury team:

JPL NASA, Jim Erickson /Rob Manning


& European Space Agency, Pierre P. Matthieu.

More details about the designs and informations about these projects will be unveiled during the next Gala Award Ceremony on October 10th, 2017 at the Skirball Exhibition Hall.  All the selected teams are expected to meet in Los Angeles for this united effort.

We seek more partners and sponsors to accommodate this wonderful effort.

CONGRATULATIONS to all our Mars City Design selected Final contestants 2017.


    Tree of Life by Samer El Sayari
    Helios by Ewen Dantec & Team, École Polytechnique
    Ætheras by Ben Tarek & Team, École Polytechnique

    Color Wheel by Diane Turnshek, Matt Finlay & Team
    Redwood Forest by Valentina Sumini & MIT Team
    Marscapes by Romarie Gonzales & Arturo Hernández

    Nomadicizer by Reza Eslami and Asal Shokati & Team
    PTV by Adrian Pelkus & Nicolas Genevois (3D)
    Around Mars in 80 Days by Zoé Ghiron & Team, École Polytechnique
    Telepathy 2.0 by Amina Jambo, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

NOTE:Please ask permission to publish before using any of the copyrighted images below to Mars City Design™ LLC, at:

An Evening On Mars

Tonight, at the Skirball, Mars City Design and team will proudly announce our Challenges 2017 Finalists.

Please stay tuned. Our tickets are SOLD OUT. This will be an incredible evening with our future and actual Jury Team present in their “Martian touched” formal outfit.

We wish to thank our sponsor Dassault Systems, Ardbeg space whiskey, Victor Hardwood from Digital Hollywood, Alex Nguyen, RRS, collaborators, Spaceport LA, Lightspeed Innovations, Planetary Society, Aerospace Corporation, Virgin Galactic, Axiom, NASA JPL, California City, all of the guests who have purchased the tickets, supporting us, and volunteers who are working so hard to help this event to be phenomenal; Alex Zoppa (FOX production), Frank Miuccio (USC/RRS), Bill Janczewski, Mathieu Goudot (Hello Tomorrow), Gabriela and Andrew Lindberg, Francesca Rodriguez (SEDS), Cherie Chung, Kaan Pinar (Lightspeed), Kara Dake, Ava Iranmanesh (MIT),  Karin Klossterman (Flux IoT, Mars Farm), Sophia Stuart (PcMag press), Susie Remo and the chef team from the Skirball, our Master of Ceremony Gray Bright and Kyle Mcauley for the incredible energy to run the show, our singer Joanna Wallfisch and Daniel Corall, our DJ Martian Mixer Freddy Neutron & Matthew Rac!

An Evening On Mars


Join us for our 1st Annual Fundraising Gala, dedicated to creative visionairies and investors who wish to have the unique, firsthand experience of dining with astronauts and space experts.

Hosted by Vera Mulyani, the Founder & CEO of Mars City Design™ in collaboration with Digital Hollywood, Mars City Design™ has created a Martian themed dinner to give a taste of what dining might be like on Mars.

Mars City Design™ has teamed up with the Skirball Cultural Center and their award winning Chefs to design and adapt the delicacies of the future…you will experience fresh produce from Martian Farms, Martian Vineyard Wine and vegetarian butchers.

This event is not only meant for the promotion of the the human mission to go to Mars and beyond, but also to revolutionize the idea of life in space and on Mars. Square Roots (by Kimbal Musk), Herbivore Butcher, Mars Farm and other pioneers have begun developing and popularizing this concept, through hydroponic and aquaponic gardens. We will savor this new variation of eating healthy as if we were on another planet!

As a guest of this Mars experience, you will also get to enjoy the visual entertainment of a HIRES video, by artist Jan Fröjdman.

At the event, we will be unveiling:

The Mars City Design project, in the Mojave desert, opening the opportunity for you to be involved in the development of sustainable, 3D printed, Martian inspired, smart-homes, space center and education.

Along with guest speaker Mayor Jennifer Wood from California City, Mojave and our brilliant Space Master of Ceremony, Gray Bright!

Among our VIP guests:

Pete Worden

Chairman, Breakthrough Prize Foundation, (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret., PhD) Former Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center and US Air Force.

David Bearden

General Manager – NASA & Civil Space Programs at The Aerospace Corporation

Loretta Whitesides

Founder Astronaut and Consultant at Virgin Galactic, Founder of Yuri’s night, Mentor and Master of Space Jedi.

MENU and AGENDA 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Your Evening on Mars will begin the evening with a variety of lite bites that will complement our Martian wine, champagne & craft beer selection.

Our Thai Spring Rolls with Red Planet dipping sauce and Tuna Tartar served in a Black Crater Cone will tantalize your tastebuds…and you won’t want to miss the introduction of “Martian Meat” used for our Chicken Tikka MarSatay.

After your appetites have been primed, we will all gather together in the dining room to begin the evenings festivities opening with a Welcome & Introduction to Mars City Design followed by a one of a kind dining experience.

Our menu will include…

Galactic Greens with Goat Cheese & Walnut Vinaigrette

Your Choice of…

*Supernova Sautéed Salmon with Red-Green-Blue Mars Tri-Color Vegetable Sauce & Saffron Basmati Rice 

*Celestial Chimay Ale Braised Boneless Shortribs with Walnut Mustard Sauce, Matt Damon’s Mashed Potatoes with no Ketchup.

*Roasted Free-Range “Martian-Meat” with a Date MARSala Wine Sauce, Phobos & Deimos dust on Vegetables.  

After a taking your palate to Mars, we will take you there visually with a Mars video experience, followed by a live performance and the announcement of our Mars City Design Finalists.

We will close out the evening with an Extraterrestrial Trio of desserts accompanied by our “Space Whiskey” and an exciting Raffle and Martian musics.

You won’t want to miss this special evening…it will truly be out of this world!

ARTICLE(s) about this event: HERE

NOTE: All tickets are final sale, non-transferable and non-reimbursable.

Dress Code: Black Tie, with a touch of Martian. Surprise us!

Mars City Design Challenge 2017 Semi-Finalists

Out of the 135 registrations who submitted to Mars City Design Challenge 2017, 15 highly advanced designs from different categories have been selected to further compete at the semi-finals on an International stage!
Here are the list of the teams, in alphabetic order by name of the project.

Around Mars in 80 days by Zoé Ghiron & Team, École Polytechnique

Ætheras (Pure Air) by Tarek Ben Slimane & Team, École Polytechnique

Cooperative Robot Flock by  Chase Thurmond & The ENVI team, Coleman University

Exosphere by Bazzi Wael & Team

Helios by Ewen Dantec & Team, École Polytechnique

Marscapes/Earthscapes/mind(es)capes by Romarie Gonzales & Arturo Hernández

Nomadicizer by Asal Shokati & Reza Eslami

Project Fuller by Clara Lee, CMU

PTV by Adrian Pelkus and Nicholas Genevois

Color Wheel City by Diane Turnshek, Dean Mougianis & Matt Finlay, CMU

Red Wood Forest by Valentina Sumini and Sam Wald & Team, MIT

Smart Waste Management/Transportation System by PRatian

Swarm by Dean Little, Ares Astronautic

Telepathy 2.o by Amina Jambo, USC

Tree of Life by Samel El Sayary & Team

CONGRATULATIONS to the competing teams!

We would like to also thank:

Mars City Ambassadors for your dedication and hard work: Louise Fleischer, Florence Duveiller, Britt Duffy Adkins, Nicholas McKay, Daniel John Fitzgerald, Ava Iranmanesh, Alexandre Cadain, Bill Janczewski, Lauren Apsokardu, Andrew & Gabriela Lindberg.

Mars City Jury team and Advisors: Col. Buzz Aldrin, Artemis Westenberg, J.R. Skok, P.P. Mathew, Col. Pete Worden, James K. Erickson, Steven Madge, Slade Gardner, Madhu Thangavelu, André Doumitt, Roy Nakagawa, Martha Hess, Frank Miuccio, Jay Dickson, Jeremy & Rachelle Ornan Stone, Joel Freedman, Fernando Carballal…

Mars City Sponsors and Collaborators: Dassault Systems, JPL NASA, Caltech, ESA, Aerospace Corporation, RRS, USC, MIT, Spaceport LA, Hantheon, Catapult Satellite, Bluegill Solar, Credit Line Capital, Digital Hollywood…

More detailed information and a teaser of each project will premiere at:

The Mars City Fundraising Dinner

May 25th, 2017

with Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Early RSVP for our Martian Dinner here >

Stay tuned.


Dream to Launch Your Own Rocket?

Reaction Research Society (RRS) has extended the collaboration with Mars City Design and offered a rocket, dedicated for Mars City Design! We are launching this Alpha rocket in May 2017, in Mojave, the site where Mars City Design aims to build and 3D print the prototypes of the winning architecture projects from the design competition in 2016.

Please RSVP to for attending this exciting event.

30$ for guests.

FREE for VIP Access, exclusively for Mars Citizen (Mars City Design members).


For Sponsorship: Put your logo on this rocket. Please contact

There will be more epic events coming up, stay tuned!

Mars – Los Angeles

DEC 1st 2016, at 6PM- 9:30PM at Cross Campus Downtown LA, 800 Wilshire Bvd #200, Los Angeles.

Don’t miss it, get your TICKET HERE>>>

Register under Spaceport LA ticket with discount code: SPACEPORTLAMEMBER.

Dec 3rd, 2016 Exhibition at Dolby Theater, Hollywood.

More Info HERE

Mars -LA

Limited Access.


Mars – Los Angeles is a pre TEDx LA talk that will be hosted by Mars City Design Ambassador Alexandre Cadain, New Worlds’ organizer Mathieu Goudot, and Spaceport LA team, inviting Mars City President & Founder Vera Mulyani and her collaborators Thomas Séries from Séries & Séries, Master of Jedi: Loretta Whitesides, and Framestore.


The Experience Sessions with:
Mars City Design Workshop (See below)
– Framestore VR Workshop
– Jedi Training Workshop
Exhibition, presentation

Intro “What if LA moved to Mars”
by Alexandre Cadain, Founder XTOPIA, head “LA, Mars” mission

Gravity, The Martian, Mars, the studio behind our space and martian imagination
by James Razzall, Managing Director at Framestore

Los Angeles Jedi training
by Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, Co-creator of Yuri’s Night, The World Space Party and lead Jedi Training at Virgin Galactic
+ Q&A

Mars City Design projects

by Vera Mulyani, by Thomas Sériès

Lava tubes and Water
by Vera Mulyani and Dr. J.R. Skok.

Challenges on Mars found in Los Angeles
Water issue and imagined solution
by Vera Mulyani
+ Q&A

Cocktail & Appetizer

Mars City Design Workshop
for pre TEDx LA (6-7PM Dec 1st 2016, preceding the talk)
Led by Vera Mulyani, Bill Janczewski and Gabriela Lindberg.
In the occasion of Pre TEDx LA where Mars City Design questions and attempts to apply the vision of a sustainable city on Mars to Los Angeles, we would like to invite you to join our think-tank on the question of water and activities in Los Angeles.
Become the explorer in time, uniting the future and past to the present through creating a fresh story together; Using photography, documenting the memory of the future of Los Angles-Mars.
Take 5 photos. Pick one subject below:
(If selfie: using strictly the same pose, on different background, selfie stick recommended). You have choices of subjects:
1. Showing Los Angeles landscape that remind you to Mars
2. Find Water source in LA
It can be banal / macro water sources like ocean or rain or river but please make it your unique point of view.
It can also be rare / micro water sources like underneath the leaves, inside a fresh coconut, your glass of water, your neighbor’s tears…
3. Drought in LA
This can be the opposite of #2 and can be for #1
Find a place where it used to have water but it is dry now,
or find a place where it is dry today but if a disaster comes then we may have water there…
The Workshop starts at 5PM-6PM Dec 1st at El Camp, El Segundo
6PM-7PM exhibiting your photo, but we recommend that you experience Los Angeles the way you may want to explore Mars by collecting this treasure (of pictures) that will help us put a story together with you.
Dedicate a day for you to travel inside Los Angles with this focus in mind and hunt for those landscapes!
Please make sure you have a Hi-RES photo quality and it should be photos owned by you.
The selected photos will be exhibited at our TEDx LA and international/global social media of Mars City Design.

On Dec 3rd, 2016, at Dolby Theater in Holywood, Mars City Design will exhibit the works of Mars City Design Winners 2016, Virtual Reality Experience in collaboration with USC Journalism School.

More information: HERE



Mars City Design at TEDx Los Angeles, Dec 2016

“Love you to Mars and back” -vm

By Mars City Design Team with Séries & Séries, For TEDx LA

Image by Thomas Séries and Séries.
Image by Thomas Séries and Séries. A vision of Mars City Research Center in Mojave.

The ‘Marsshot’ with Mars City Design

A ‘Moonshot’ is a commonly used phrase nowadays, but in the world of Mars City Design, we call it a Marsshot…and we’re not talking about martian tequila.

Mars City Design started as an international competition to design the first cities on Mars. The success of a crowdfunding campaign resulted in a 10 day in-person workshop, MCD PowerLab, held at The University of Southern California (USC). 

Our Mars Architects, or Marschitects as we like to call them, focused on developing sustainable cities on Mars using designs & technologies that would mutually benefit life on Earth.

The ‘Marsshot’ is a mission, not just to design and develop human-friendly habitats on Mars based on solely on the measure of sustainability, but to create environments where humans can truly 

live and love on Mars. 

In Venice beach we talk about artists being some of the first people living on Mars. From Martian poems to the Red planet perfume, from Martian tea to Victoria Crater Pinot Noir, imagine the creative drive we can pass on to future generations, bringing the spirit of carpe diem into the future. The beauty of infinite possibility of art in life at this level is beyond basic entrepreneurship, it requires true visionaries.

After decades of urban practice and in search of harmonizing technology with aesthetics and environmentally responsible ways of living, Mars City Design has begun the process of building a prototype of a 3D printed “Mars City Center,” in Mojave Desert. The project will experiment with the sustainability, beauty and green aspects of the selected winning concepts of the Mars City Design 2016 Competition.

Sometimes to take a leap, we actually need to take a step back, enlarging our frame of vision and see the whole tree before adding more leaves….the leap to Mars will require just that. Mars City Design has stepped back to Mars to take in a full view of life on Earth, in order to build a life on Mars, and with Los Angeles as Mars City Design’s birthplace, L.A. has become the launching pad for the very first Marsshot! Chin chin!

The Winners of Mars City Design Competition 2016

Photo credit: David W Chan and Ron Sparkman



Best Mars City Design 2016 

for Structure Category

by Alain Robert 

and United Atelier team:

Liu Le Kang & Xie Xin Cong   



Favorite Mars City Design 2016 

for Structure Category 

by Reza Eslami and Asal Shokati



Best Mars City Design 2016 

for Agriculture Category

by Jeff & Melissa Pernell 

and team of Galactic Farms



Best Mars City Design 2016 

for Infrastructure Category 

by Karan Gandhi



Favorite Mars City Design 2016 

for Infrastructure Category 

by Ava Iranmanesh & MIT Team



Best Mars City Design 2016 

for Architecture Category 

by Matthew Jennings



Favorite Mars City Design 2016 

for Architecture Category

by Eugene Jahng 

& Prof. Christina Ciardullo of CMU


‘Local Positioning System (LPS)’

Best Mars City Design 2016

for Innovation Category

by Dean Little and team (Piyush Patil)



Best Mars City Design 2016

for Human Health Category 

By Adrian Pelkus


‘Mars Terraforming Platform (MTP)’

Best Mars City Design 2016 

for Human Environment Category 

by Dean Little and team (Pablo Fregenal Sotelo)


Award Recipients of the 2016 Mars City Design Competition and the Launch of 2017

Los Angeles, CA: Students and professionals from around the globe competed in the 2016 Mars City Design Competition and the winners were announced at the Gala on Thursday September 29, 2016.

The evening featured the winning designs and innovations for sustainable cities on Mars, through an exhibition of the projects via; panels, videos, architectural poems, urban design 3D models, engineering drawings and mathematics along with fiction stories of Mars.

The Gala proved to be a fanciful conclusion to the yearlong project. Among the many entrants in the international contest, twenty teams were selected as finalists to participate in this year’s Mars City Design Gala Award Ceremony 2016.

Spending a dedicated two week period, September 15 through 29, 2016, at the University of Southern California (USC), the finalists were exposed to the latest breakthroughs and research being done to advance the Martian cause, allowing them to evolve their projects based on this new information for their final presentation.

The Gala celebrated a year, more for some, of hard work and acknowledged the winners in style. That style specified on the invitation as a ‘Martian Cocktail.’ The Gala was held at Wallis Annenberg Hall, School of Journalism at USC. The IT team was directed by Frank Miuccio (IT Director) and the exhibition was produced by a design team from Catapult Satellite of London, Joel Freedman and Fernando Carballal. The soirée started with the design panels exhibition, showing the updated work; technical, business and artistic highlights of the 20 projects.

The Mars City Design team transformed the Journalism basement classroom into a high-end art gallery; The quiet dark room was successfully crowded by 88 people, ambulating each level of the amphitheater, creating a Martian mood with red ambient light projected onto the ceiling.

A hint of Martian fragrance, a concept that was born in Silicon Valley when the two, Heather d’Angelo from CARTA and Vera Mulyani had lunch and talked about the Martian regolith inspired “First Fragrance Made for Life on Mars”. The perfume will be available to the public in 2017 in the Mars City Design online Store.

While some are fully absorbed by the Mars City Virtual Reality (VR) installation, lead by Neil McHenry, where we could virtually visit the buildings and experience the city with the NASA VR converted Martian landscape, audiences tasted Mars themed appetizers created by one of the artists of Mars City Design Team, Evin Wald; from Chocolate MeteorBites and Red Planet CraterCakes to Regolith Crudites, H2O “Imported from Earth” and Sparking Martian Cider.

The audience was then led to the main Auditorium where the Gala began with Jeff Demain, CEO of Hantheon, welcoming Vera Mulyani, the Founder & CEO of Mars City Design and the President of Mars City Foundation, “the Marschitect.”

The Gala included Special guest speaker Jim Erickson from JPL NASA, followed by a viewing of videos documenting the journey of the Mars City Design Competition and Workshop.

Closing out the night we had the one-and-only, Buzz Aldrin grace the stage to share his vision of the Martian Colony.

From here some designs will continue on their path toward creating prototypes and some will be hosted in Mojave Desert.

Through the Competition & Workshop many contestants benefited from exposure to the private sector and continue to inspire the grander public; Karan Gandhi from Manchester UK earned his scholarship through his design ‘Neurosynthesis’ and was invited to speak in front of a young audience at the Architecture College in Indore.

Dean Little, one of the winner of Mars City Design 2016 and innovator of ‘Mars Clock’, ‘LPS’ and ‘MTP’, from Australia can now share his experience, to inspire and encourage the creation of a Space Agency in Australia, someone who is passionate and talented now has the opportunity to contribute to the Mars mission.

Mars City Design Competition 2017 is officially OPEN for registration, welcoming all of you to create your second home on Mars. For details on the MCD 2017 competition please visit: