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Thanksgiving on Mars: Exploration & Human Missions Beyond Earth Orbit

November 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Talk by Dr. Margaret Race, Sr. Research Scientist SETI Institute
Tuesday, November 17
7-8 p.m.
Free on YouTube and Facebook

Humankind has always dreamt of traveling to new places and exploring new frontiers.  When the Pilgrims’ arrived in the New World on wooden sailing ships in the 1600’s, they celebrated the first Thanksgiving with Native Americans and began settling into life in their new home.  

Over time, the exploration and settlement on of our continent continued — initially on foot or by covered wagons, later by Transcontinental Railroad, and more recently by airplanes and jets, each time going further and faster using new technology.  Even today, some dream of using rockets to take us to the Moon or Mars, perhaps to establish yet another frontier settlement.   

But before we can celebrate Thanksgiving on a new planet, we’ll need more than just rocket scientists, engineers and daredevils.  Designing human missions to other planets involves taking a broad perspective.  Join us for a far-out and forward-looking adventure beyond Earth. Maybe some of you can get involved in the effort ahead. It will take all kinds of experts and lots of teamwork in the coming decades.  


About Dr. Margaret Race

Dr. Race has worked with NASA and SETI Institute for nearly three decades on research and education related to Mars missions, Planetary Protection and Astrobiology.  She initially studied  Marine Biology and environmental, analyzing the impacts of invasive species on tidal wetlands in San Francisco Bay.   Over the years, she has applied her interdisciplinary background to diverse real-world challenges– from water pollution and coastal zone management,  to space missions and searches for ET life,  and even decision making about pandemics, biosafety, and our collective future on this Planet– and beyond. Join her in a talk on planning for Thanksgiving on Mars. Maybe someday, it’ll be more than a hypothetical exercise!

How to Watch

Watch on Facebook: We will go live on the Chabot Space & Science Center Facebook page 10-15 minutes before the event. You can find the live video stream on our Facebook page and in the Facebook event discussion. To receive a notification when we go live, “like” Chabot Space & Science Center on Facebook and RSVP that you’re going to this event.

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Watch on YouTube: See our scheduled live video stream.


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November 17, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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