Mars celebrations across USA


From: ken.edgett@asu.edu (Ken Edgett)
Subject: Mars celebrations across USA
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 1997 12:54:50 -0700 (MST)


Dear Mars Educators,

The National Space Society has set up a special "Mars Madness"
web site to celebrate the Mars Pathfinder landing.

The coolest thing about the site is that it lists all of the
BIG public events that are happening on and around July 4th.

For example, they list events in Chicago, Florida, and Washington DC.
You don't *have* to be in Pasadena, CA, to be a part of the fun.

This site is worth taking a look.  

Take care,

Ken Edgett
Arizona Mars K-12 Education Program
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NEWS RELEASE

Contact:
Karen Rugg
NSS Director of Communications
202-543-1900 x77
communications.director@nss.org


NATIONAL SPACE SOCIETY ADDS NEW WEBSITE AND AMERICA ON-LINE LIVE EVENTS
TO JULY'S MARS LANDING EXCITEMENT
Website Offers Mars Party Tips and National Mars Events / Mars Author and
Mars Rover Manager Take Questions on AOL

(Washington, DC) -- June 23 -- The National Space Society (NSS) unveiled
its latest website today at <http://www.nss.org/mars>.  The site, "Mars
Madness," was created to help NSS members and the general public
celebrate the human aspect of the planned July 4 landing of NASA's Mars
Pathfinder and the arrival of the first images from the Mars surface in
over 20 years.  The NSS will also host two, system-wide America Online
live events in July featuring Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning Mars
author, and Donna Shirley, manager of the Mars Exploration Program at
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"This is the first planetary mission when, through the use of television
and on-line coverage, individuals can almost simultaneously experience at
home what NASA's project managers are experiencing," said Robert
Pearlman, NSS On-line Manager and designer of the "Madness" site.

"Mars Madness" website features a Mars Party Planner with ideas on how
individuals or groups can host a Mars celebration, including suggestions
for event locations, "red" food and drinks, party activities, and
invitation gimmicks.  The Event Calendar lists Mars celebrations or
events being held by NSS and its chapters during the month of July.
Completing the  site are a reference journal and image archive which will
provide the latest facts and images from the Mars surface as the mission
progresses.

On America Online, NSS hosts two Mars-related live events.  On Thursday,
July 3 at 7:00 pm EDT, Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of "Red
 Mars," "Green Mars" and "Blue Mars," will entertain questions on his
view  of the future of Mars exploration.  On Monday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m.
EDT, Ms. Donna Shirley, manager of the Mars Exploration Program Office at
the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will chat with on-line visitors about the
Martian images and the
Mars Pathfinder mission.  Ms. Shirley will also be the primary technical
advisor for CNN from July 4 - 6.  For more information on these two
guests and how to join the audience, America Online subscribers can go to
keyword "space."

The National Space Society is an independent, nonprofit space advocacy
organization with headquarters in Washington, DC.  Its 25,000 members and
95 chapters worldwide actively promote the  creation of a spacefaring
civilization. For more information, visit the  NSS website at
http://www.nss.org/