AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History

  • 14 Jan 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710

Join us for an exciting and interesting evening at the Florida Museum of Natural History!


7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & Announcements
7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments
7:45 - Public Presentation

Speaker: Don Loftus, Alachua Astronomy Club

Topic: "Mars Exploration: Past, Present and Future".  

Description:  In recent years Mars keeps popping up as a destination humans want to go too.  It will be a long dangerous mission but intriguing none the less.  This presentation will take a look at the space craft that have added so much to our understanding of the planet and what they have told us.  Next we will look at what is in the planning stage for the close future and finally what the future holds for a possible Mars colony.

Bio:  Don Loftus has been a member of the Alachua Astronomy Club for about 25 years and has done several presentations in the past.  He has been interested in the Space program from the time of the Mercury project and is looking forward to the upcoming Lunar and Mars programs.  He graduated from UF in 1975 with a BA in Broadcasting and a MA as a Media Specialist.  He returned to South Florida after graduation but returned to become the Director of the Educational Media Center in Norman Hall and as a TV Producer/Director making educational videos for faculty members.  He retired in 2010 and works on his farm several miles north of Gainesville.  He enjoys a somewhat dark sky on the farm and still enjoys visual astronomy.  If y'all could turn off some of those lights in Gainesville, he would sure appreciate it.
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