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Event ID:  45819
Contact Name:  Anthony Symes
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Contact Phone:  01225 312084
Organization:  The Herschel Society
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Dates:  1st October 2021 to 10th October 2021
Physical Event:  Yes
Type:  Public
Start/End Type:  Starts During WSW
Country:  United Kingdom
State/Province:  Dorset
City:  Bath
Address:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16 Queens Square, BA1 2HN
Location:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Event Name:  Life on Mars? A Short History of 19th-Century Exploration of the Red Planet
Event Description:  Lecture by Dr Joshua Nall, Curator of Modern Sciences at the University of Cambridge’s Whipple Museum of the History of Science. Humans have long been intrigued by the possibility that Mars might harbour life. Planetary scientists nowadays continue to hunt for evidence of it, and space technologists even advocate settling ourselves there permanently. These are bold projects, and in this talk I suggest that we look back before we look forward, to consider how humans studied and thought about Mars before the Space Age. Investigating 19th-century arguments over whether the red planet was teeming with intelligent life, and exploring fantastical stories about what that life might do to us, reveal important lessons, I will argue, for how we understand the next century of Martian exploration. Further information and tickets are available from: -2021-at-7-30-pm-on-zoom-and-at-the-brlsilife-on-mars-a- short-history-of-19th-century-exploration-of-the-red-planet/
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Report on the Results:  The event was held at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution in Bath, organised by the Herschel Society. Joshua Nall gave a gifted speech which held everyone's attention throughout. The event comprised a physically present audience and attendance via Zoom. 15 in person and 23 on line. The lecture was followed by an active question and answer session.
Attendance:  15
Attendance is Unique:  No
Media Impressions:  38
Media Impressions are Unique:  No

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