June 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
MARS! With its spectacular geographical features, Mars has always attracted the imagination of human beings. Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles,” a classic of science fiction, is the inspiration for a music theater adaptation by composer Daniel Levy and librettist Elizabeth Margid. We will preview this musical journey into “a past that’s yet to come” to witness the longing and loneliness inherent in Earth’s conquest of the red planet. Professor Jim Bell, of Arizona State University and Cornell, an active planetary scientist, has been as close to Mars as any human being, through his leading role in the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity missions. He will show us some of the startling and haunting images from his books “Postcards from Mars” and “The Space Book”, showcasing the surface of the terrestrial planet not that far away from us.