Sunday Reader: NASA Celebrates Martian New Year in Mars, Pennsylvania

The Mars New Year's celebration Friday, June 19, 2015, in Mars, Pennsylvania. The town is hosting three days of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities.

The Mars New Year’s celebration Friday, June 19, 2015, in Mars, Pennsylvania. The town is hosting three days of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities.

NASA is in Mars, Pennsylvania this weekend celebrating Mars’ New Year with Red Planet enthusiasts 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. Mars, Pennsylvania is located just north of Pittsburgh.

Mars New Year's Celebration

Fireworks mark the end of the day's Mars New Year's celebration Friday, June 19, 2015, in Mars, Pennsylvania.

Fireworks mark the end of the day’s Mars New Year’s celebration Friday, June 19, 2015, in Mars, Pennsylvania.

At the invitation of the borough of Mars, NASA is providing 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 Saturday, June 20 about NASA’s journey to Mars. Green served as a technical consultant on the upcoming Fox Entertainment movie “The Martian.”

Mars New Year's CelebrationThe 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.

The town of Mars features a flying saucer sculpture, located at 16046 Pittsburgh Street.

For a complete listing of activities planned for the Mars New Year celebration in Pennsylvania, visit:www.marsnewyear.com

For more information about NASA’s #JourneyToMars , visit:
www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars/index.html

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