First Fridays

Next Stop: Mars

Date: Friday, August 3, 2018
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Tickets: $6 adults, $4 seniors 60+, $4 youth ages 2-11, free for members
Includes 7 p.m. showing of Stars

The planet Mars has fascinated the public and scientists alike for centuries with its curious surface features and dynamic atmosphere. Scientists have long speculated about life there, at one time even intelligent life. Interest in Mars peaks every 15 years, when the still mysterious planet draws especially close to earth and becomes one of the brightest planets in the sky. In late summer of 2018, Mars is closer and brighter than it has been since 2003. A spacecraft called InSight is on its way to Mars, and more exploratory probes are planned in coming years. Simultaneously, serious efforts are being mounted by both NASA and private enterprise to send a human mission to Mars when it next draws really close in 2033. Join David DeBruyn for a discussion of the enigmatic red planet.

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