Everett News Cafe: Landing on Mars: A New Book Collection, 11/7- 12/15

On September 28, 2015, NASA confirmed evidence collected by its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. In October, they released a 36-page report detailing NASA's progress and strategy for the next two decades, to test strategies for living in deep space for extended periods of time. NASA scientists believe that Mars' geological evolution and climate cycles are comparable to Earth's, and for the first time, sustaining life on Mars is an achievable goal.

In light of the recent news of liquid water on Mars, Landing on Mars showcases perspectives on the history of space exploration, as it uncovers scientific, anthropological, and philosophical ideas concerning human travel to the "Red Planet", fourth from the Sun and the second smallest in the universe. The collection includes works by Carl Sagan, Kip Thorne, Stephen Hawking, Ray Bradbury, Brian Greene, and other prominent writers and educators who inspire us to think about life beyond Planet Earth. Presented are classic, new, and lesser-known titles in the genres of science and science fiction dealing with the possibilities of humans on Mars and beyond.

This exhibit is curated by Jihi Jolly, Edlab Innovation Fellow and journalist for the FJP Media Lab.

Be sure to check out the November news displays illuminating astronomical phenomenon and significant scientific events. Also look for the annual meteor showers: The Taurids, on November 5th-6th, and Leonids, on November 17th-18th!

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