Exploring the Red Planet: A Brief History of Mars Exploration

Exploring the Red Planet: A Brief History of Mars Exploration

Date(s) - November 12
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

On Thursday November 12, at 7 pm, we welcome you to join NASA Solar System Ambassador Mike Greene for a lively virtual tour of Mars. As our closest solar neighbor, the Red Planet has captured our imaginations for millennia. Visible from Earth with the naked eye, it appears in the sky with a red tinge, which is why the ancient Romans named the planet Mars (after their God of War).

Mike will tell stories of the theories and research of early astronomers like Galileo who studied Mars. He’ll also review NASA’s previous successful robotic missions to Mars, beginning with Mariner 4 in 1965, through the Pathfinder mission in 1997 and then the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, which both flew to Mars in the early 2000s.

The current mission to Mars is the Perseverance Mars Rover, which launched on July 30th of this year and is hurtling towards Mars at the brisk pace of 62,000 miles per hour. It’s scheduled to land on Mars in February 2021 and begin the scientific exploration part of its mission. Follow Perseverance in real time on its way to Mars.

And after Perseverance, what’s next in the future of Mars exploration? Is a crewed mission possible within the next decade or two? Join us via Zoom on Thursday November 12th at 7 pm as we discuss the possibilities with NASA ambassador and space enthusiast Mike Greene!

To join the meeting, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85869083951?pwd=SmNtdmNEUW1oUW1Vd0lDQ1p3VTNNUT09

Or go to Zoom and use Meeting ID: 858 6908 3951, passcode: mars

Mike’s presentation features embedded videos from YouTube. If you have trouble viewing them during the presentation, here are direct links:

Lake Salda in Turkey

Mars Helicopter

Perseverance Sample Collection