March 1997 Volume 6 Number 1

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Mars Education Announcements and Events

Compiled by Ken Edgett, Arizona State University

Dates in 1997:

  • mid-March:
      Mars at Opposition. Closest approach of Mars to Earth since 1995. See articles from magazines listed in "REaD MARS" (like Sky & Telescope and Astronomy) for details on how to view the Red Planet.

  • April 3-6:
      National Science Teachers Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana. Several "Mars" related sessions will be presented. From the Arizona Mars K-12 Education Program, look for a presentation on "Red Planet Connection" by Tricia Dieck and and a keynote address to the Middle-Level Luncheon by Dr. Ken Edgett. For registration information: NSTA Convention Office, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22201-3000, USA.

  • April 24:
      Passport to Knowledge "Live from Mars" telecast. In the USA, check local listings for PBS coverage.

  • July 2:
      Mars Day at the Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, Arizona. Events are being planned to precede the Mars Pathfinder landing. Contact (602) 716-2000.

  • July 3-6:
      Planetfest '97. Celebrate Mars Pathfinder's landing LIVE in Pasadena, California-- near JPL! Planetfest '97 is sponsored by The Planetary Society and will include a series of public and educational events. Planetfest '97 will also celebrate the June 1997 NEAR encounter with asteroid Matilde and Galileo's continuing Jupiter mission! The Planetary Society, (818) 793-5100.

  • July 4:
      Mars Pathfinder landing on Mars. Check local TV listings for live coverage of events, including Passport to Knowledge "Live from Mars" on PBS.

  • September 12:
      Mars Global Surveyor goes into orbit.

  • in September:
      Arizona Mars K-12 Teacher Workshop at Arizona State University. (Date TBA in May 1997).

  • in October:
      Passport to Knowledge "Live from Mars" telecast.

  • in November:
      Passport to Knowledge "Live from Mars" telecast.

  • March 15, 1998:
      Mars Global Surveyor begins Mapping Phase. Mapping will occur for 1 Mars year (through January 2000).

TES News is published quarterly by the Arizona Mars K-12 Education Program. This newsletter may be copied for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.

EDITED BY Kenneth S. Edgett, Arizona Mars K-12 Education Program, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.