Wednesday, March 29, 2006

April SEED Salon: MARS 3D with Leo Enright

Wednesday April 5, 7pm, at the Odessa Club (above The Odessa Restaurant, at 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2). Voluntary contribution: 5 Euro.

Ever wondered what it would be like to walk on Mars? This Wednesday prepare to don your 3D glasses as Ireland's legendary space broadcaster, LEO ENRIGHT, takes us on a journey through the red planet and invites us to consider its culture and history, drawing parallels with the experiences of Ernest Shackleton, Tom Crean and other Irish Antarctic explorers. 3D image processing will allow viewers to witness Martian landscapes as if they were actually standing on the surface. To get yourself in the mood you might like to visit Google Mars.

Ireland's leading broadcaster on space exploration and science, Leo Enright, started as a schoolboy space commentator in the 1960s and has broadcast live commentaries on every major space event since the first Moon landing. He studied science in UCD and in 1978 was elected Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society in recognition of his superb contribution to our understanding of space. Leo is a Science Writing Fellow of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachussets, where he studied molecular microbiology. In 2000, with support from NASA's Astrobiology Institute, he completed the renowned Workshop on Molecular Evolution at the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution. He is the author (with Professor Carl Sagan, Sir Bernard Lovell, and others) of 'The Encyclopaedia of Space Travel and Astronomy' and in 2003 was appointed Chairman of the Irish Government's Discover Science and Engineering, a national programme to co-ordinate public and private promotion of engineering and science throughout Irish society.


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