Mars Society of Houston Awards Banquet Features MIT Speaker and The 4Frontiers Corporation

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The Mars Society of Houston Awards Banquet was established to recognize individuals who make important contributions towards the future exploration of the Moon, Mars, Asteroids, and beyond. It is at this annual banquet that we celebrate those individuals who toil for little or no payment, doing hard work in hope of receiving eternal glory. Join us as we recognize this year’s award recipients, celebrating their efforts to push the envelope and to help us explore the mysteries of space and beyond.

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Mr. Joseph E. Palaia IV and his team members at the 4Frontiers Corporation and at the Mars Foundation are striving to open the space frontier for humanity. These dreamers have a vision which may hold the promise for the future exploration and settlement of the solar system. Mr. Palaia will be the keynote speaker at this year’s banquet and will share this vision, explaining the steps 4Frontiers is taking to make it a reality.

"We will settle Mars, and develop and explore the inner solar system, one step at a time," says Joseph Palaia, pioneer and co-founder of the 4Frontiers Corporation, a commercial effort to settle the planet Mars and enable the economic development of the inner solar system. Passionate about achieving 4Frontiers’ goals, Joe is not afraid to be an underdog of underdogs. He has challenged the likes of SpaceX to put Elon Musk's money where his philosophy is by funding extraterrestrial settlement efforts. He has also called on the Space Generation to work cooperatively, writing, "For a community with such seemingly long range vision, it is surprisingly unable on many occasions to look past petty differences and work together for the common goal. How does it help to fight against one another? The pro-space exploration, development, and settlement community is far too small as it is. If we have any hope for success, we must see past our differences and work together, presenting a unified front." In addition to the Space Generation community, Joe has made his voice heard in a recent Small World Podcast and in a live interview on

Mr. Palaia holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is presently completing a masters degree in Nuclear Engineering at MIT. A long time Mars and space exploration enthusiast, he has helped to design and build six robots, competing in the FIRST National Robotics Competition. He has held a research assistantship at the MIT Plasma Science & Fusion Center, investigating plasma fuel reformers for just-in-time hydrogen generation and is presently conducting research and experimentation at the MIT Space Propulsion Laboratory on a Mini-Helicon Plasma Thruster. He was also responsible for the nuclear and electrical engineering disciplines on the program study team of the Mars Foundation's Mars Homestead Project.

To visit 4Frontiers:

Deadline: Feb 12, 2006 5 PM

Date: Feb 16, 2006

Time: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Gloria Dei Life Center

18220 Upper Bay Road Houston, TX 77058


Dress is business casual after five.

A special slide show featured by Photo Communication Specialist Guy Christophe-Coppel created for the Mars Soceity which was unveiled at last years Banquet "Go Ahead", will be available for another viewing. Additional slide show bonus special feature!!!

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