Space and the science of Mars

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Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – It's known as the red planet because of its color, and currently, there are five different spacecraft missions actively exploring Mars.

Mars exploration was the topic at changing landscapes of science lecture that is held at the Whitman Education Center downtown.

Space enthusiasts packed the room to hear about past and recent missions to Mars.

The more recent missions have proven that water use to be on the planet.

"With this mission say there were the right conditions that could have supported life in the past, and that take us to a whole different level where we could start looking for evidence that there was life on in the past," says Dr. Steven Lee, of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

The lecture is part of a series put on by the Museum of Western Colorado. Thursday night marks the one year anniversary for the series.

There are three more lectures on space, the last frontier that will be given as part of current series.

• July 11, Shuttle Manned Space Flights, presented by Shuttle Astronaut Mary Cleave
• Aug. 8, Tour of the Know Universe through the Hubble Telescope, presented by Dr. Ka Chun Yu, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
• Sept. 12, Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life, presented by Dr. Brian M. Hynek, CU – Boulder

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