Greetings! The Los Angeles chapter of the Mars Society is looking for individuals passionate about Mars to lead our chapter into 2016 and beyond! If you are interested, please let us know!
Join us for a special night at the Hollywood Bowl!
Holst’s The Planets, an HD Odyssey with video
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – 8:00 p.m. (Cost: $21)
This performance of Holst’s The Planets will transport the audience to another realm: the evocative music will be accompanied by astonishing images from NASA and JPL rovers and satellites, as well as computer-generated graphics of the Mars landing and more. Opening the program, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Erskine - Concerto for Drum Set and Orchestra is sure to send listeners into the stratosphere.
Please RSVP by Friday, August 29 to email@example.com to reserve your spot and get ticket payment information.
Sign up now for the “Voyage to Mars” Experience! We are seeking students to participate in this special Mars Day 2014 activity on Saturday, July 19 (10:30 a.m) at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, CA. Registration in advance is required. Please tell your students about this wonderful opportunity and encourage them to fill out a Voyage to Mars Registration Form.
Join us July 19th for an exciting talk by Dr. John Callas – Project Manager for the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity – part of Mars Day 2014. 2 p.m., Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey, CA. For more details and to sign-up, visit the Mars Day 2014 page.
We’ve had a busy March and April here in Los Angeles. We’d like to take this opportunity to share what we’ve been up to, and to make everyone aware of some exciting activities in the works.
On the weekend of March 28th, a group of Mars LAers made the trek out to Death Valley for the third annual MarsFest. The event, jointly sponsored by the National Park Service and the SETI Institute, focused on the varied uses for desert terrains here on Earth as analogs for various disciplines of Mars research. In fact, the Mars Society’s own MDRS makes use of desert terrain for its research. We met up with members of the Northern California, Mojave, and Australia Mars Society chapters as well. Check out our Facebook album for photos from the event.
MarsLA is proud to have hosed Dr. Bruce Banerdt, Principal Investigator of the Mars InSight mission, at Northrop Grumman’s S-Cafe on April 8th. Dr. Banerdt gave an outstanding overview and technical summary of the project which is scheduled to launch toward Mars in 2016. The mission will include the deepest drill ever sent to Mars to get a sense of how the terrestrial planets, including both Mars and Earth, formed in the early days of the solar system. Photos from the event are also on Facebook.
Mars LA members also attended Yuri’s Night in Los Angeles on April 11th at the California Science Center. There is something special about attending a space-themed dance party in the hangar which houses the space shuttle Endeavour. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend and make it a great night. The team photo from Yuri’s Night is below.
SAVE THE DATE: July 19 – Mars Day 2014 at Columbia Memorial Space Center – Downey
Join us April 10th for an exciting talk by Dr. Bruce Banerdt – Principal Investigator for the JPL Mars Insight mission. 7pm, Northrop Grumman S Cafe, Redondo Beach, CA. For more details and to sign-up, check out the event on Facebook or Meetup. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to sign-up!
Mars LA is proud to have been featured in the Fall 2013 issue of the Mars Quarterly. View the complete issue, or check out the LA feature article below:
The Los Angeles Chapter of the Mars Society was established in December 2012. We have had a very productive first year growing our chapter and planning for the future.
The strategy of the Mars Society LA chapter is three-fold – Mars Outreach, Mars Forum and LA Space Activities. Mars Outreach is our primary goal – to educate the public on the importance of continued and sustainable Mars exploration and inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and explorers. Mars Forum is an open and informal environment where we discuss current Mars related news, research and more. LA Space Activities are regular field trips and tours of Mars and human spaceflight-related landmarks in the greater Los Angeles area.
One major outreach event held this year was Mars Society LA’s sponsorship of an informational booth at the annual Aerospace Summer Games in July. Local aerospace companies, including Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and SpaceX, compete in friendly competition in volleyball, horseshoes and other events at Dockweiler State Beach in Los Angeles. Mars Society LA was able to share Mars-related news with the broader community and recruit a few new members in the process.
Our second major outreach event in 2013 was a presentation to a local area Rotary Club. The Mars Society LA team developed a public briefing presentation on the history of Mars and the limitless possibilities of future Mars exploration. The Rotary Club was very appreciative of our presentation, even deeming it the most informative presentation they had seen all year!
Our chapter started the year with a presentation by Dan Coatta, Mass Properties Engineer for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, sponsored by the Society of Allied Weight Engineers. Dan’s presentation focused on a number of interesting mass property challenges encountered during development of NASA’s MSL rover. This was Mars Society LA’s first membership recruiting event using our newly designed promotional materials. We also began significant coordination with AIAA in January, thanks to our AIAA liaison Seth Potter and AIAA LA-Las Vegas events chair Christianna Taylor.
Members of the Mars Society LA team also attended the 2013 Mars Habitability Conference at UCLA and a presentation by Dr. Susan Rice, a member of the project science team for MSL Curiosity and Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena in February. In addition, three members of our chapter traveled to Boulder, Colorado in August to attend the Mars Society’s annual international convention. One of our members, Gary Stephenson, presented a track talk on systems engineering concepts as related to future human Mars missions.
The Mars Society LA core group meets regularly to plan our events and share other Mars related happenings. In addition to Seth’s regular coordination with AIAA and the Planetary Society, Nick Orenstein is our UCLA and GreenHab liaison, providing regular updates from the Aerospace Department at UCLA and from the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
In March we had our first “LA Space Activity” event, a trip to the “Rocket Junkyard,” a shop in the San Fernando Valley specializing in “the nuts, bolts and heat exchangers that helped American astronauts shrug off the steely embrace of gravity.” Most of the “space junk” is now used primarily by the LA movie industry for props in films. We also toured the SpaceX facility in Hawthorne, California in May. A special thanks to Krystal Puga, our Vice President and Events and Outreach Coordinator, for setting up our LA Space Activities and Outreach events this year!
We have a busy year planned for 2014. Major events planned are the Mars Fest held every March in the Mojave Desert and the First Annual West Coast National Mars Day, sponsored by Mars Society LA. The latter is planned to be a west coast analog to the National Mars Day celebrated each July in Washington, D.C. on or near the anniversary of the Viking landing on Mars in 1976. Mars Society LA is always looking for new members, either as part of our core planning team or as those who simply wish to join our mailing list in order to be informed about our events. To join our chapter in either
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On August 13 the LA Mars Society presented an overview of Mars, the history of it’s robotic exploration, and the future of human missions to Mars to the Rotary Club of West Covina.
Mars LA was able to arrange a tour of the SpaceX tour in July as part of our LA Space series. LA and it’s suburbs are a major center of aerospace activity – a goal of the LA Mars Society is to integrate Mars exploration with the wide variety of aerospace technology development underway in LA County. Join our email distribution for information on LA Space activities sponsored by the LA Chapter of the Mars Society.