May 1997 Volume 6 Number 2

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Upcoming Mars Education Events

Compiled by Ken Edgett, Arizona State University

Dates in 1997:

  • May 1:
      K-12 Teacher Open House. MGS TES facility at ASU, 4-5 p.m. K-12 teachers from the Phoenix area are invited.

  • July 2:
      Mars Day at the Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, Arizona. Events are being planned to preced 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. IMPORTANT: The "Live from Mars" telescasts are scheduled for July 6 and July 9 (2 programs). Watch for other coverage (e.g., CNN News) on July 4 and 5.

  • September 12:
      Mars Global Surveyor goes into orbit. Expect an Open House event at the ASU TES facility. IMPORTANT: In Arizona, the Mars Orbit Insertion occurs just before 6:30 p.m. on September 11th!!

  • September 13:
      Arizona Mars K-12 Teacher Workshop at Arizona State University. Workshop for teachers only.

  • 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.