NASA Celebrates Martian New Year in Mars, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON – NASA will land in Mars, Pa., Friday to celebrate Mars’ New Year with Red Planetenthusiasts of the Keystone State for three days of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities.

The goal is to encourage young people to pursue careers in in these critical fields of study that will enable NASA’s journey to Mars.

At the invitation of the borough of Mars, NASA will provide exhibits, booths and outreach activities at the celebration.

Mars expert Jim Green, NASA’s director of Planetary Science at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, will deliver a keynote talk Friday evening and again Saturday, about NASA’s journey to Mars.

Green served as a technical consultant on the upcoming Fox Entertainment movie “The Martian.”

The Martian New Year occurs about every two Earth-years and is timed to the Northern Hemisphere Spring Equinox on Mars. That equinox occurs this month on Earth.

For a complete listing of activities planned for the Mars New Year celebration in Pa., visit;

http://www.marsnewyear.com.

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