Space program

Suffield - posted Nov, 01 2013

SUFFIELD - Curiosity: Mission to Mars and the Deep-Space Search for Another Earth will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m., at Kent Memorial Library, 50 North Main St., Suffield. For more information on this program, call 860-668-3896. On Aug. 5, 2012, we watched as the space rover Curiosity landed on Mars. Its mission: to explore Martian soil for evidence of water and microbial life. Listen to Kevin Manning share what scientists have learned from the probe so far; you won’t want to miss the many astounding images and incredible video footage of Mars and space. See the progress of an investigation to search for extrasolar planets among distant stars using detectors such as Kepler and others. Following the presentation, weather permitting, a powerful telescope will be set up outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky, such as craters on the Moon and the rings of Saturn. Manning is an astronomer, having worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and other ground-based observatories.

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