Spring '21 Virtual Star Party !! "Perseverance on Mars, the first two months!"

April 23, 2021, 6pm - 8:30pm 
Join via Zoom/online:https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/96535839803

Join us for a mission update on Perseverance mission to Mars, along with other exciting space activities. 

Our guest speaker, Jennifer Trosper, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Manager, has had the privilege of working on every rover that has ever driven on Mars, including the Surface Flight Software, Ground Software, V&V, and Operations Readiness for the Perseverance mission to Mars that landed on February 18, 2021!   For more information on our guest speaker, please click here: https://mars.nasa.gov/people/profile/index.cfm?id=22771

Free and open to the public via Zoom online!

More details to come!!

Missed our Fall '20 Virtual Star Party?
  Watch it now: Fall '20, Virtual Start Party

Fall '20 Star Party Program
On Friday, October 23rd, well over 150 students, faculty, staff and community members were treated to our first ever Virtual Star Party. Our guest speaker, NASA’s Dr. Padi Boyd, presented “Beyond the Night Sky – The Once Invisible Universe”, which covered far away galaxies, stellar nurseries, and some dynamic shots and videos of space! Next, with the assistance of The Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita Valley, attendees were able to view the skies through virtual presentations lead by Dave Flynn, Glenn Basore and Don Cogan, amongst others, and learn about the use of various telescopes. The evening was capped by demos and inspirational testimonials by our Astronomy Physics Club students, MESA/Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers students, and NASAA HASP/RockSatX!!  It was an educational and enjoyable evening for all!!

Next up in our Science Talks series, plan to attend a special panel presentation "COVID-19; Immune System and Herd Immunity", on Friday, December 4th, from 12pm – 1:30pm.  More details to come.

Our sincere THANKS to all who made this Star Party possible!! 

Special thanks to our guest speaker, Dr. Padi Boyd, Chief, Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

The Local Group Astronomy Club of Santa Clarita Valley

The COC Astronomy Physics Club

MESA and SHPE Students

NASA HASP and RockSatX Students 

Star Party Planning Committee - Teresa Ciardi, Dr. Ryan Theule, Anthony Michelides, Jamie Page, and Maria Sanchez

Support staff - Shawn Irwin (IT), and Nick Schutz (Library)

And of course...

Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook

The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees:

Edel Alonso, Michael D. Berger, Michele R. Jenkins, Joan W. MacGregor and Steve D. Zimmer



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