Many of my closest friends don’t know this about me, but I’m someone who totally drank the Kool-Aid on space exploration as a kid. In high school, I interned at NASA on research teams and one summer I was assigned to help a team studying meteor craters on the surface of Mars (which helps to date the surface geology of the planet). Mars has long-held a fascination for many in the planetary research world. We have continually tried to explore the planet as a possible resource and even future habitat (although books and movies have been the only ones to see any success so far).
This Friday, I am going to re-live all my former Red Planet glory as the Air and Space Museum (6th St. and Independence Ave., SW) celebrates Mars Day. Scientists from the museum and NASA will be on-hand to talk about Mars and the Curiosty rover that will soon land on the planet (scheduled for August 6).
Click here for a full schedule of the day’s events.
Friday, July 13