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Cosmic Nights: Destination Mars
Thu, 27 April 2017, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM PDT
Would you sign up to go to Mars?
Cosmic Nights is back at the Space Centre! Discover the wonders of the universe - over drinks! Join us Thursday, April 27th for Cosmic Nights: Destination Mars a party for our favourite red planet! This is a 19+ event.
6:30pm - 10:00pm - Drinks | Music | Games | Demonstrations I Lecture I Planetarium
7:30pm or 9:00pm - Planetarium Show: Future of Mars Exploration
In this 40 minute live planetarium show we'll travel to Mars and even though it’s our planetary neighbor, getting there will be no easy task. You'll experience the journey that future human-led missions will embark upon, flying to the Martian surface with real Martian 360 degree panoramas. We'll take you to some of the other places we are searching in our solar system and galaxy for life and what secrets they might hold.
8:00pm and 9:00pm - Mars Lecture
Speaker: Dr. Melissa Rice - Western Washington University
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover landed on Mars almost five years ago, and the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been actively exploring Mars for 13 years. Every day both rovers continue to send stunning images of the Red Planet and exciting results back to Earth. This talk will provide an overview of the instrumentation and major results from both missions, as well as plans for NASA’s next rover, which will launch in 2020.
BIO: Dr. Melissa Rice is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University, where she has held a joint appointment in the Geology Department and the Physics & Astronomy Department since 2014. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in 2012, and was a NASA Astrobiology Institute Postdoctoral fellow at Caltech from 2012-2014. Her research focuses on the sedimentology, stratigraphy and mineralogy of Mars. She is a collaborator on the active Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity missions, a Participating Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission, and a Co-Investigator for the Mastcam-Z investigation in development for the Mars2020 rover mission.
GROUNDSTATION THEATRE – Live Theatre with Q and A, demos, and trivia!
6:30PM-9:30PM - ASK AN ASTRONOMER: DESTINATION MARS with Dr. Jaymie Matthews
Dr. Matthews will be answering questions about Mars and the possibility of human exploration and habitability. Throughout there will be trivia where you can win fabulous prizes! It will happen continuously throughout the night, so you'll be able to catch some of it before or after any of the shows or lectures you go to!
19+ Photo ID will be required upon entry
Support by :The Planetary Society
Photo credit: ESO