Explore Mars next Wednesday at BTC

The Cache Valley Astronomical Society has organized everything from star-gazing parties to a chance to learn how to use and properly care for a telescope. And they host monthly meetings – next week they will have a lecture entitled “Mars- Explore a New Frontier.”

Former president and current member Tom Westre was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program earlier this week. He said that Mars holds much fascination for many, whether from science fiction writers or NASA.

“Mars has really been a lure for a lot of science fiction writers over the years, a lot of movies, probably the most recent would be “The Martian” which actually gave an excellent portrayal of what it would be like to try to survive on Mars. It’s a next stop,” said Westre.

The lecture, which is free and open to all ages, will be held Wednesday night, February 28th, at 7 p.m. at Bridgerland Technical College, room 840. Westre said they’ll focus on the planet itself, some of the missions that NASA has had lately and some of the findings about the ‘red planet.’ Also, some of the future plans for exploration, both manned and unmanned, will be discussed.

“If we’re going to go into space and do some exploration, Mars would be an excellent place to go to just because it’s a little bit more conducive to what we would expect in environment. Although it’s a very, very cold planet and very dry – the atmosphere would be very thin. So it isn’t like the earth but it’s the closest planet that would have those conditions.”

Westre said in addition to their monthly meetings, this summer they will be organizing star parties to look at Mars, Jupiter and other planets. For more information about their events and how you can participate see their website: <a href=”http://www.cvas-utahskies.org” target=”_blank”>www.cvas-utahskies.org</a> or you can call (435) 787-6380.

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