Next Meeting Presentation

7 February 2019 – Next Meeting

An Astronomy Guest Speaker Series Event – a collaboration of the Astronomy Club of Asheville and UNC Asheville

Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – In Rhoades Robinson Hall 125 (RRO 125), located on the UNC Asheville campus. The meeting is free and open to the general public.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a scheduling conflict with our normal meeting location, the February 7th event will be held in Rhoades Robinson Hall 125 (RRO 125), located on the UNC Asheville campus. Please check back soon for more details and directions to this alternate meeting location.


“Evolving Views of Mars: Flybys to Selfies in 50 Years” presented by Rachel Kronyak, NASA Solar System Ambassador, University of Tennessee

How has our vision and understanding of Mars evolved since telescopes first pointed up at the night sky? Since NASA sent satellite missions to fly past the planet and take black and white images? Since we sent fully-loaded, vehicle-sized rovers to explore the terrain and take selfies? Where is Mars exploration headed?

Ms. Kronyak’s presentation will cover three topics: 1) a timeline of Mars exploration from the 1800s to now, with a focus on landed missions; 2) the daily life of the Curiosity rover and what it’s like to operate a car-sized vehicle on Mars; and 3) a brief introduction and demonstration of the Microsoft Hololens device, a newly developing technology that allows scientists to “walk” on Mars from their offices.