Special Night Vision Presentation | Where it All Started: The First Planet Images from Spacecraft

Special Guest

Last July, the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto and sent back stunning pictures of the surface. This event, coincidentally, fell on the 50th anniversary of the first flyby spacecraft to take images of another planet: Mariner 4 at Mars.

The first close-up image ever taken of Mars by the Mariner 4 spacecraft, 1964. credit: NASA

The first close-up image ever taken of Mars by the Mariner 4 spacecraft, 1964. credit: NASA

This presentation will describe our state of knowledge of the Red Planet in 1964 prior to the Mariner 4 arrival and how that mission changed our understanding of our planetary neighbors.

Clark Planetarium is proud to host this special presentation on the way things were with special guest speaker, Dr. Roger Bourke, on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 in the Hansen Dome Theatre as a part of our 50th Anniversary Speaker Series.

About Roger Bourke

Roger Bourke [pronounced Burk] was educated at Stanford University where he received BS, MS and PhD degrees in 1960, ’61 and ’64 respectively. The last was in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Upon graduation he joined the Caltech Jet Propulsion Lab in the early years of planetary exploration. At JPL he was involved in designing several planetary missions including the first orbiter of another planet, and the first multi-planet mission. Prior to his retirement from JPL in 2000, he was on the team planning the Mars exploration program. He now lives in Alta and is a part time aerospace consultant and full time skier.

We welcome the public to join us for this special presentation of Night Vision. Tickets are just $2 for the general public and free for members. Purchase your tickets here.

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