MARS 2003 To Be AOAS' Biggest Public Event Since 1986
Saturday, July 19 2003 @ 05:47 pm EDT
Contributed by: bobmoody
This August 23 will be our next and potentially biggest EVER public event for the closest approach of Mars in nearly 60,000 years! AOAS is working closely with the Ft Smith Art Center downtown to host the event, which coincides with the culmination of our jointly sponsored "Space Art Contest"
Mike Richardson, Programs Director for the Art Center, is coordinating the event with several area groups, businesses and local media, and has gotten the interest and support of the City of Ft Smith. Booths will be set up around the Art Center grounds with food and beverages for sale, as well as an AOAS Education Station in the gazebo at the Center where we'll post pictures and information about the planet Mars. We'll also have a booth set up in the gazebo where
Meanwhile, inside the Art Center itself at 423 N. 6th Street, the submissions of the Space Art Contest will be judged and prizes awarded to the contest winners. Among the judges will be meteorologist Garrett Lewis from television station KFSM TV-5.
Plans are being made to have at least one guest speaker and probably more by event time. A scientist from NASA has agreed to attend and give multiple lectures about what we know about Mars through martian meteorites which have been found on Earth. He will also bring some actual samples of moon rocks with him!! Two other scientists are currently being courted by our education director, Dr. Chuck Larson, Ed. D.
I invite you to look for articles from Mike Richardson and Dr. Larson for complete information on their respective contributions for MARS 2003.This will surely be the biggest and best chance for public outreach by AOAS in nearly 20 years. EVERYONE is invited to come join us at the Ft Smith Art Center at 423 N. 6th Street downtown on Saturday evening, August 23 beginning around 7 PM and running very late into the evening.
You won't have a better chance to see Mars this close until 2287 AD!