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Mars – Past, Present and Future – Dr. Dale Partin

September 25, 2020 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Deep in the past, Mars was a warm, wet world, similar to the Earth today. It may have had primitive life. But as Earth was becoming a nice place for life, Mars was becoming a cold desert, with almost no atmosphere. We are now studying Mars with satellites and rovers to find out what happened. We may soon be sending scientists to Mars to try to unravel the secrets of its past and present, and especially to discover whether Mars ever hosted life, or does now. What are we learning, and what are the challenges to sending people to Mars? And what is the future of Mars? Will we someday colonize it? And could we ever restore Mars to its former self – a place for living things to thrive?

Dr. Dale Partin had a career doing industrial physics. He has 38 U.S. Patents and over 80 scientific publications. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He now teaches astronomy at Macomb Community College and is the Program Chairman of the Warren Astronomical Society. He enjoys doing astronomical observations and wishes he was young enough to go to Mars!

Videos featuring Dale Partin:

Cover Image: Mars seen from its moon Phobos – created by Bob Trembley using SpaceEngine.

Wet Mars

An artist’s impression of what ancient Mars may have looked like, based on geological data.

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September 25, 2020
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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