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Mars Day - Tullie House, Carlilse
31st January 2004

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Our doors were opened to over 250 visitors during the dayIn January we headed up to Carlilse for a joint event with our friends in the Border Society, on their home ground. The main theme was Mars. NASA’s Mars rovers had just landed on Mars a couple of weeks earlier and the first images were coming back. We’d recently suffered the Christmas Day disappointment of the failure of Beagle 2, the British mission to Mars. Mars was definitely in the news!

We filled an exhibition room with telescopes, posters, all the latest photographs, displays on the history of mars exploration and anything else Mars related we could link of. Computer projectors were on hand with the latest 3D images of mars and virtual tours of the red planet.

We also had one eye on the future with a series of talks on the Cassini mission, at the time only six months away from the end of its seven year journey to Saturn. (see our Saturn Day event for more details).

Both young and old were facinated by the displaysOver 250 people visited us during the day. A very successful event, with Tullie House commenting that they had many more visitors than expected on a wet Saturday in January.

With the main event out of the way, we had chance to grab a pizza in Carlilse before returning for the evening lectures. Members of both the Border Astronomical Society and Cockermouth Astronomical Society gave a series of short lectures on a variety of space topics. The Tullie House lecture theatre was a great location with just the right facilities and the evening was enjoyed by the forty or so people who attended.

A fully robotic telescope attracted a lot of attention

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