New Mars Home Planet Initiative

HP & Mars Society Partnering on Mars Home Planet Initiative
Dr. Robert Zubrin to Talk at Inaugural HP Meetup Friday 7pm PDT

Hewlett Packard (HP) and the Mars Society are partnering to bring you the HP Mars Home Planet initiative, a program intended to conceive, plan and ultimately build a virtual colony on the Red Planet that the online public can experience in virtual reality (VR).

HP Mars Home Planet will allow participants to join the virtual mission by designing buildings, transportation, infrastructure, clothing and other related elements needed for a VR human presence on the Martian surface.

HP representatives have described the new effort as “a universe-changing design, architecture, engineering and virtual reality project for the imaginative problem-solvers and technology enthusiasts of tomorrow.”

Dr. Robert Zubrin, President & Founder of the Mars Society, will be one of the primary speakers during the inaugural HP Meetup on Friday, September 29th from 7:00-10:00 pm PDT, and will also serve as one of the judges for HP’s virtual program.

Other participants will include Ryan Holmes, Founder & CEO of SpaceVR, and Sean Young of HP, who will lay out the details of the project, including exactly what the program is looking for and requirements for submission. A panel of scientists and experts will also join the HP Meetup session to discuss plans for Mars exploration.

Those interested in attending the HP Mars Home Planet Meetup in person at HP headquarters (1501 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA) should register at: If you would like to join Friday’s event via live streaming, please visit our web site ( or our Facebook page ( prior to the scheduled Meetup.

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