Mars Landing Party and Planetary Science Symposium

A minimum $5 contribution will be requested at the door.

Be advised, your RSVP here does not guarantee you a seat at this event.


The Mars Science Laboratory better know as the Curiosity Rover is scheduled to touchdown on the Red Planet early on the morning Monday, August 6 and you are invited join our celebration beginning Sunday evening.

We will be providing a variety of snacks and refreshments, while supplies last, of course. Please feel free to attend whatever parts of the program appeal to you.

The most up-to-date information can be found at Mars Landing Party, a website created especially for this event.

6:30pm
Doors to the Hodges Room open.

7:00pm
Speaker program begins. Five presentations are slated, each lasting about 45 minutes with a brief question-and-answer session.

  • In the Beginning: The origin of life on Earth and elsewhere
  • The future of outer solar system exploration lies with JUICE (JUpiter ICy-moon Explorer)
  • The Moon and Mercury: Water, water everywhere?
  • Mars exploration from the 17th century through tonight
  • The Mars Curiosity Rover - Assessing the conditions for life on the Red Planet

Midnight
We cut over to live NASA/JPL coverage of the descent and landing and go into full-fledged party mode.

1:30am
Earliest reports of the MSL landing arrive at JPL.

3:00am
We close up shop and head home to go to bed.


Because of the day of week and time of day for the party, there should be some parking spaces available on Fifth Street. In addition, there is a parking deck adjacent to the Centergy Building which is accessed from Spring Street. It is open 24 hours may be unattended so be sure to have a credit card handy when you exit. Hourly rates can be found here. The maximum rate - 5 hours or longer - is $12.00. Party-goers are encouraged to carpool.

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  • Barbara B.

    The entire event was wonderful. It was both interesting and entertaining. Thanks for all the hard work.

    August 8, 2012

  • Steve M. P.

    Excellent talks, good food, festive atmosphere. Good job, Science Tavern!!

    August 7, 2012

  • Barbara M

    I'm truly saddened in so many ways that a mass attack against innocent people outside of Milwaukee has pre-empted the positive history-making event we experienced last night.

    August 6, 2012

  • SUsan R.

    Marc had it all arranged! Food, drinks, wonderful speakers (!) and after dark escorts to the parking lot! What a wonderful way to watch science in action with like minded people. I am anxious to attend more Atlanta Scienc Tavern Meet Ups!

    August 7, 2012

  • Josh G.

    This was "out of this world", and very inspiring in many ways! Thanks to everyone who made this event so great. It was nice to meet a lot of new people who had not been to Sci Tav events before too! Hope to see you again at future events.

    August 7, 2012

  • Angie M.

    Outstanding! My favorite so far!

    August 6, 2012

  • Robert G.

    Terrific, wish I could've stayed till 1 am but everyone lecturing was fascinating and very approachable. Fun time.

    August 6, 2012

  • Alan

    My thanks goes out to all those involved in putting on a wonderful event. It was well-organized, the speakers were very engaging, and it was exciting to see such an excellent turnout.

    August 6, 2012

  • Kathy

    Beautifully organized, wonderfully interesting, and fantastic fun! I felt like I was part of history in the making. Nothing like it since watching Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, which I watched from the steps of my uncle's house on his big color tv in Salt Lake City with a group of fascinated neighbors. How fitting that it was his birthday yesterday!

    August 6, 2012

  • Michael

    As promised last night, here are the links to advocate for planetary science, or NASA in general, by contacting your government representatives:

    Contact your government representatives to tell them to support planetary science:
    www.planetary.org/get-involved/be-­a-space-advocate/

    Contact your government representatives to tell them to increase NASA’s funding to a historically viable level of one penny per dollar of US spending:
    penny4nasa.org/

    Sign a petition to the Obama Administration asking them to increase NASA’s funding to a historically viable level of one penny per dollar of US spending:
    www.change.org/petitions/double-na­sa-s-budget-to-1-of-the-us-budget

    1 · August 6, 2012

  • Mark D.

    The Atlanta Science Tavern has set the bar even higher for future events. Marc and all of our volunteers have out shined even the best expectations...again! Wonderful job, everyone!

    August 6, 2012

  • Kristen B.

    Marc Merlin and The Atlanta Science Tavern really knows how to welcome a rover to Mars ;) Thanks for a wonderful learning experience with all the speakers and a great night!!!

    August 6, 2012

  • Andy

    One word: Fabulous! A perfect party with, of course, a perfect outcome with the spot-on landing of Curiosity on the Martian surface. Well done.

    August 6, 2012

  • Michael

    The event went off great! Thanks to Marc for all his awesome planning and to everyone else who volunteered to make this event a success.

    August 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very well-organized, lots of interesting talks given, good directions for arrival and departure, all-over grand experience. Will do more with the Atlanta Science Tavern in the future. :-)

    August 6, 2012

  • Marc M.

    Thanks, everybody, speaker, volunteers, guests and especially the brilliant scientists and engineers at NASA who continue to fascinate us and enrich our lives!

    August 6, 2012

  • Stephen F.

    Great job by all the volunteers who made this possible. Thank you!

    August 6, 2012

  • Nathan

    Very informative

    August 6, 2012

  • Kathy

    Thank you Marc and GA Tech for hosting such a wonderful event!

    August 6, 2012

  • Ted V.

    Best meeting I've been to with a great ending.

    August 6, 2012

  • Carol P.

    Thank you for organizing such a great event! It was wonderful to see so many space enthusiasts :)

    August 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We were able to share a piece of technological history, and it was mind blowing!

    August 6, 2012

  • Brigitte F.

    It was absolutely fabulous: the very professional and interesting presentations; the people who were attending and with whom I got a chance to chat during the breaks; the wonderful snacks that made it all even better; and, of course, the fact that the entire landing went completely as planned -- and, yes, I do understand the latter was not dependent on our meeting up as we did :-)
    Thanks, Marc, and all those who helped organize this event and volunteered to make it such an unforgettable eperience :-)

    August 6, 2012

  • Kevin

    I had a wonderful time as usual with the Atlanta Science Tavern. The venue was great, the Speakers were fantastic and Marc put on a great Party. Thanks, Kevin...

    August 6, 2012

  • Richard

    A lot of thought and organization was obviously put into this. Thanks for a great evening!

    August 6, 2012

  • Leefa

    awesome!

    August 6, 2012

  • Barbara M

    Thanks to Marc, all of the speakers and volunteers who made last night possible. It was a great evening with a spectacular ending!

    August 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful! Wish I could have stayed to the end!

    August 6, 2012

  • Max A.

    Glad I came. Really fun, and made some friends! Science rules!

    August 6, 2012

  • John

    Marc, you outdid yourself this time!
    Great topic, great speakers, and great venue!

    August 6, 2012

  • Bob

    History has been made!!!

    August 6, 2012

  • Bob

    I look forward to taking a few pictures at this event as photography is among my other passions! I hope this is acceptable (I welcome sharing my shots with the organizers!).

    August 5, 2012

    • Marc M.

      Bob,

      This is a wonderful idea. Thanks!

      Marc

      1 · August 5, 2012

    • Bob

      I'll exchange contact info this evening, Marc. Can I do anything to help? You guys all set?

      August 5, 2012

  • Khondker Zakir A.

    So, will there be a notification on the confirmation (I am on the waiting list)? Or should I just show up ?

    August 5, 2012

    • Marc M.

      Khondker,

      It's anybody's guess how many people will attend, so I can't promise you a seat. Read my reply to Max Ault below for an explanation.

      I'm hoping that the audience itself will balance the load, some coming earlier (it's a "school night" for many) and some coming later.

      Hope that this helps,
      Marc

      August 5, 2012

  • Matt S.

    anyone coming from buckhead or up 75 at least able to car pool?

    August 4, 2012

  • Max A.

    I am driving down from Chattanooga with a friend, will this waiting list thing count? Will I be waiting outside, or is that just the number originally expected? I don't really want to drive down to Atlanta and find out there isn't room.

    August 3, 2012

    • Marc M.

      Max,

      I wish I could assure you that there will be seats waiting for you if you and your friend drive down from Chattanooga, but I can't. It's hard to know with any certainty even how many people who say "I'm Going" will show up at this event. (No-show rates typically range anywhere from 30-50%.) Also, not everyone will come at the sames time. In addition, there will be probably be a number of walk-ins.

      This is just the nature of RSVPs on Meetup and other social networking sites. I'm sorry, but there's not much I can do about it.

      Hope you understand,
      Marc

      August 3, 2012

  • Kira P.

    Looking forward to the event!!

    August 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm considering a carpool, I'm in Augusta, GA so quite a drive. Let me know if anyone is in the area.

    July 30, 2012

  • Johnny W.

    @Laura how would a carpool work, any information on who would drive it? I live in McDonough and I am still waiting to see if I got the day off of work be for I go or not.

    July 27, 2012

  • SUsan R.

    Anyone else from the first Gwinnett Science and want to carpool?

    July 25, 2012

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