Mars Society Kenya Annual Report – 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, it is important to take time out of our busy schedules to pause and say “Thank you” to those who are most important to us. It is in this spirit that we extend a personal thank you to you; our partners, friends, members and colleagues who are the very heart and soul of Mars Society Kenya.

Here is a glimpse of year 2020 activities of the Mars Society Kenya.

Mars Society Kenya – annual report 2022


Kenya Space Expo & Conference 2022

Mars Society Kenya was honored and delighted to have been not only invited to attend, but to as well participate at the Kenya Space Expo & Conference. The Expo was held from 15-17 June 2022 and whose theme was “Leveraging Space Capabilities for National Development”. The event brought together industry players in an interactive forum that showcased current projects and innovations and provided an opportunity for linkages and collaboration. You can learn more about the event here.

This being the inaugural space expo not only for the country but also for our organization, we had to come up with the best product to showcase. Our goals and mission are to prepare the general public to support Humans-to-Mars and inspire more Elon Musks around the world, with the hope of one day we Kenyans being involved in terraforming the Red Planet. A detailed report of our activities at the Expo is available here:


Yuri’s Night – 2022

Annually on 12 April, the space community commemorates the day the first human (Yuri Gagarin) launched into outer space with a remarkable event called Yuri’s Night. This year, Kibera Aeronautics & Space Academy (KASA), in partnership with Space Generation Advisory Council, Amateur Astronomy Society of Kenya (AASK), Leo Sky Africa and Mars Society Kenya, celebrated the event on 16 April at Tunapanda Institute, Kibera – Nairobi. The event served to reflect and take account of the past, get into the present, and project into the future of human spaceflight. The event focused on Taking Account of Space Activities in Kenya and Importance of Human Spaceflight.

During the event, Kibera Aeronautics & Space Academy – KASA cofounder, Adrian Schmidt, virtually delivered a keynote talk that covered a ‘Brief history of spaceflight activities’, ‘Careers in spaceflight’, ‘Later usage of spaceflight technology on Earth’, Cooperation between different Nations and cultures in spaceflight’, and ‘The role of private organizations in spaceflight‘. A recording of his presentation can be accessed below.


Space Boot Camp manuscript – IAF Digital Library

Isaac Gathu; Mars Society Kenya President/Founder wrote the abstract titled “SPACE BOOT CAMP” which was accepted for a 10-𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐆𝐥𝐨𝐛𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 (𝐆𝐋𝐄𝐗) 2021, 𝐒𝐭. 𝐏𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐠, 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚.

After successfully presenting at the Conference, the Entire Manuscript was accepted at the IAF (International Astronautical Federation), published and made is currently available on their Digital Library (website).
The Paper proposes the Future State of the Space economy in Kenya and a clear ROADMAP on how the country can set foot on MARS. You can access the Manuscript here:

Consultative Meeting (MSK, TUK, KSA)


On 14 July 2021, the Mars Society Kenya President/Founder (Mr. Isaac Gathu) held a consultative meeting with representatives from both the Technical University of Kenya (Mr. Constant Adero) and the Kenya Space Agency (Mr. Andrew Nyawade) where they finalized on the Agreement on collaboration and membership.

This paved way for willing members to join and also kickstarts our activities. A recording of the meeting is available here:



Mars Society Kenya Inaugural Event

From KENYA to MARS 🇰🇪🚀🚀🚀🔴
17th January 2021 marked the day we were officially recognized as a Mars Society  Chapter. Thank you Dr. Zubrin for sharing with us. The meeting was informative and the members got the gist of the Initiative.
Those in attendance were;
  • Isaac Gathu : President/Founder, Mars Society Kenya
  • Dr. Constant Adero : Chairperson (Lecturer – Technical University of Kenya)
  • Patrcia Mutheu : Secretary
  • Mr. Andrew Nyawade : Representative – Kenya Space Agency
Our goal is to promote the space economy in the country with the mission of having Kenyans (humanity) settle on Mars so as to advance terraforming the Red Planet.
We are not just an organization, we are part of a large family.
There are many Mars Society chapters around the world. Although the Chapters are independent, they work for the same common purpose.
The Mars Society is a global advocacy group dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. As such, our organization has dozens of chapters in the U.S. and around the globe, with 55 in total, each doing their own outreach and projects locally to help advocate among the general public for Mars exploration and the importance of humanity becoming multi-planetary.
If you are interested in learning more about Mars Society chapter activities, visit:

ASI-Sapienza Agreement: A Joint Italian-Kenyan Postgraduate Course as a Tool for Capacity Building in Aerospace

In line with the ASI-Sapienza Agreement (between the University of Nairobi and the University of Rome, Italy), successful trainees will qualify to join the space port for internship, this period will serve as the officially working population of the port. The interns will be involved in all manner of the port’s operations.

“Bearing in mind the question on how we can set up a process to build capacity locally, we decided to establish a joint Postgraduate Course in “Space Mission Design and Management”, ……..not only students, but Professors at University of Nairobi and experts form Kenya Space Agency are directly involved in designing and setting a higher education program together with professors from Sapienza University of ROME and experts form ASI.”

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