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Macon museum to host NASA engineer's talk about Mars

For years people have wondered about life on Mars, even claiming men are from there. Nagin Cox and her NASA team are working to find out the truth.

Cox will be the featured speaker Thursday at the Museum of Arts and Sciences' “Adventure on Mars.” The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a special showing of “Updates from Mars” in the museum's Mark Smith Planetarium, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Cox's presentation, “Hitting the Road on Mars.” After the presentation, visitors are invited to explore the ‘‘National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure’’ exhibition, including the full-scale Mars Exploration Rover model.

Cox, the deputy team chief of the Spacecraft/Rover Engineering Flight Team on the Mars 2003 Exploration Rover Mission, has been a lead engineer at NASA for several years, working on the Galileo mission as well as the Exploration Rover missions.

“I'll be in town talking about the Mars exploration program and what's been happening on the surface of Mars,” Cox said. “We have so many fabulous images from the Rover.”

The fleet of robotic explorers has been making incredible discoveries about the history and environment of Mars in recent years. The rovers, which were only expected to last about 90 days, have been at work for more than five years, Cox said.

She compared the mission to a car on a road trip and said that while the story pretty much tells itself, it really does speak to the audience.

“Children definitely enjoy learning about the Rover Program. The wonder of exploration appeals to all ages,” Cox said.

Museum of Arts and Sciences public relations director Jim Greenhouse, said Cox is expected to share that journey at a few school visits during her time in Macon.

“We're excited to have her because of her important work on a high-profile mission as an accomplished NASA engineer,” Greenhouse said in an e-mail.

Admission is available at the door or can be reserved by contacting 477-3232, extension 200, or rsvp@masmacon.com.

Thursday

What: ‘Adventure on Mars’ with Nagin Cox

When: 6-9 p.m.

Where: Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road

Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers and $5 students

Phone: 477-3232

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