January 12th, 2009



My poem On Mars is online at My Poem Rocks.

For those who enjoy publication hints when perusing my blog, it pays $5 per poem on acceptance.

Coincidentally, the 5th anniversary of the Martian Rovers is upon us and there are several interesting public events during the next two weeks to mark this anniversary for a mission that was expected to last three months.

On Thursday, January 15th and Friday, January 16th, the von Kármán Lecture Series by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will present "Spirit and Opportunity: The Corps of Discovery for Mars Rolls On." Both programs will start at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free on a first come/first seated basis.

The Thursday lecture will be in Beckman Auditorium at Cal Tech and will be presented by Steve Squyres of Cornell University, principal investigator for the science payloads on the rovers. It will be streamed live online and archived for later viewing.

The Friday lecture will be in Pasadena City College's Vosloh Forum, 1570 E. Colorado Ave and will be presented by JPL's John Callas, project manager for the rovers.

On Friday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 25, rover team members will give a series of talks at the Griffith Observatory. A full-size Mars rover model, like the one in my userpic, will be displayed in the Depths of Space Gallery.

Talks about topics such as how the team drives the rovers and what the rovers have revealed about Mars will be presented in the observatory's Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. These talks, by JPL rover-team members Al Herrera, Scott Lever, Scott Maxwell, John Callas, Bruce Banerdt and Ashley Stroupe, are scheduled for the following times: 7 p.m. on Jan. 23; 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 24; and 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Jan. 25.

Finally, on a related note, Geoff Landis, who is a member of the science team for the Martian Rovers in addition to being a sf poet and writer, is in town. A few speculative poets and I are planning a gathering in a private home for dinner and sf poetry on Wednesday night. E-mail me at dkolodji "at" aol "dot" com if you'd like to join us.