In 2008 Martian Summer author Andrew Kessler spent the summer in mission control with 130 NASA scientists and engineers as they worked on the Mars Phoenix mission, becoming the first outsider ever granted complete access to such an event. He’ll share his story of wrestling with internal politics, temperamental robots, and the bizarre world of daily life on Mars’ clock. He’ll also offer insight into the current Mars Curiosity mission and why it matters, plus answer questions about Mars, mission control and space exploration.
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 7pm
Hack Manhattan, 137 W 14th St
About Andrew Kessler
Andrew Kessler is the author of Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission. In summer 2008, Andrew spent three months living and working in mission control of the Mars Phoenix expedition, along with 130 top NASA scientists and engineers, becoming the first outsider ever granted unfettered access to such an event. Andrew is also CEO and cofounder of Togather, a free, online fansourcing platform that brings authors and audiences together. He holds a degree in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley and currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.