Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Looking Up At Mars

Just got this announcement from the Nasa Science News service. They will broadcast an interesting panel discussion tonight about viewing Mars. Personal interest for me is seeing Owen Garriott again. He was the Skylab astronaut I used to work with, back in the day at JSC. Owen was a pleasure to work for/with. Always willing to deal with the little grunts, like me, on the projects. In fact, during round the clock tests at the lab, he regularly took responsibility for the graveyard shift. He enjoyed the 'pure science, no politics' aspect. I always volunteered for the same shift.

From: "NASA Science News" :
Tonight on NASA TV, a group of NASA astronomers and engineers will host
a live 4-hour broadcast about Earth's ongoing close encounter with Mars.

The purpose of the program is to help sky watchers find Mars in the
night sky, and if they happen to have a telescope, to understand what they
see in the eyepiece when they point their 'scope at the red planet.

Guests will include Jack Horkheimer of PBS's StarGazer program, David
Levy, the science editor of Parade magazine and co-discoverer of Comet
Shoemaker-Levy 9, Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott, and NASA's Chief
Scientist for Mars Exploration Jim Garvin.

The show begins at 9:00 p.m. EDT (6:00 p.m. PDT) on Tuesday, August 26th.

I don't get NASA TV-- but luckily it's also going to be broadcast live on the web.


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