Planetarium News

Life on Mars?

Dr. Marc Gagné

April 7, 2023, 7-8pm


Mars is the most accessible planet in the solar system. It has a complex, evolving atmosphere and geology, and Mars once had active volcanoes, tectonic activity, and surface water. Did life once exist on Mars, and how can we find out? New rocket technologies and mission concepts are being developed, setting the stage for human exploration of Mars. Join Dr. Marc Gagné, professor of astronomy in the Department of Earth & Space Sciences, as we explore Mars like never before.  

Our faculty and students will have several telescopes set up outside of the Mather Planetarium to view Mars after the presentation, weather permitting.

Click here for ticket information.  Please note, while we welcome visitors of all ages to the Mather Planetarium, this presentation is more academic in nature than our regular shows and is recommended for older children and adults.

For any questions about the event, please contact the Planetarium Director, 

Dr. Karen Schwarz.


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