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March 6, 2017
  • Council Meeting
    March 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 598 Spring Ave, Mars, PA 16046, USA

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A Message From Your Mayor

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Hi Fellow Martians!

In a short while, in just over two months, on May 4, 5, & 6, our town will host the second ever Mars New Year celebration! We began celebrating the new year on the planet Mars with NASA back in June of 2015. It happens every 22 months!

A committee of a cross section of fine people from the town and surrounding areas have been working since October 2016 to put together this year’s event. It will be year 34 on the red planet! They started counting years on the planet Mars back in the mid-50s based on 22 months compared to earth’s 12 months. Are you confused yet? Don’t be because NASA will be here in early May to explain the Martian year and more about what they know about the planet our town is named after.mars-new-year

We are excited that Katie Beckwith, a 2006 Mars High graduate who works for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA, will be part of the contingent of folks from the space agency who will be joining us for the celebration of Mars New Year.

“Meet the Mars Challenge” is new this year for students in grades 9-12 to participate in a science fair competition centered around dealing with issues or problems in traveling to or living on the red planet. For more information on this student competition that has cash prizes to assist with furthering a student’s education, go to http://www.marsnewyear.com/student-challenge.html .

We are working on all the details now! If you are interested in helping as a volunteer go to our website and email the committee about how you would like to help in hosting this event. Want to help sponsor? See more information on the website. We are constantly adding and updating information about the event.

More info at www.marsnewyear.com .

WPXI1For a video overview from WPXI-TV “Talking Pittsburgh” click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkN44067hXg .

Watch the Official Mars New Year 2017 video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PtvtOxroNg .

We are looking forward to all our Martian friends and neighbors in helping us welcome our friends from NASA back again and the visitors who want to find out more about the planet and our town during Mars New Year. Special thanks to Sarah Marcotte of NASA’s Mars Public Engagement Team at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA, for her being our liaison in this cooperative educational endeavor.

Take care!

Mayor Gregg Hartung

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