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Andy Weir to Speak at 2015 Mars Society Convention Banquet

25 Jul 2015, 05:08 UTC
Andy Weir to Speak at 2015 Mars Society Convention Banquet
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The Mars Society is pleased to announce that the featured speaker at the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention’s Saturday evening banquet (August 15th) will be Andy Weir, author of the best-selling novel, “The Martian,” which is scheduled to be released this October as a major motion picture starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott. Mr. Weir will address the banquet (via Skype) and then take questions from the audience. Prior to Mr. Weir’s talk, Kevin Sloan, Director of the Mars Society’s University Rover Challenge (URC), will speak about the record-setting 2015 URC competition, which was held in late May at the Mars Desert Research Station in southern Utah. 44 student teams from around the world registered for this year’s event, with 22 eventually competing with their rovers in the final round, testing their remote field exploratory capabilities in the harsh Mars-like terrain of the Utah desert. Mr. Sloan’s presentation will include dramatic video footage from the three-day international competition. The Mars Society banquet promises to be a great night. Please join us next month in Washington, D.C.!For more information about the 2015 Mars Society convention, including online registration, banquet details, full program schedule and final days to reserve ...

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