Lecture: 21 February 2017 “Mars and the Human Imagination” by Brian Kruse, ASP

21 February 2017, Tuesday, 7:45 PM, Presidio Officers’ Club

“Mars and the Human Imagination”


Brian Kruse, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)


Mars has long been an object of intense interest in ancient and modern myths. Its ruddy glow inspiring visions of conflict and war, and its surface markings creating a whole genre of popular (mis)representations of Mars as the abode of life in a variety of forms. In this presentation, discover how popular culture has represented, and misrepresented Mars while sparking a special interest most all have in what is actually taking place on the planet most similar to earth in our solar system. NASA missions have returned a plethora of images and information about what Mars is really like. Find out the latest about what is known about the red planet, and what still remains for investigation and discovery on future missions.

The “Red Planet”:


Brief Bio

Brian Kruse is the Director of the Teacher Learning Center and Formal Education Programs at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), where he manages and coordinates a suite of programs, including the Project ASTRO National Network, and San Francisco Bay Area Project ASTRO.  As a member of the CosmoQuest and NASA Night Sky Network teams, he works to engage people in space science content through webinars and citizen science projects.  He also edits the online newsletter for teachers The Universe in the Classroom.  In addition, Kruse writes the Education Matters column for Mercury magazine, a quarterly publication of the ASP.

A veteran classroom teacher, Kruse has taught middle school earth science and physical science, and high school physics, earth science, and physical science. He served as a coordinator for the NASA Explorer Schools project at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Kruse obtained and M.S. in Aviation and Space Science from Oklahoma State University. He is particularly interested in how people learn and creating opportunities for teachers to incorporate more inquiry-based learning in their classrooms.

In addition to work and play, Kruse is currently serving as a Regional Director for NSELA, the National Science Education Leadership Association, and on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers.

You can check out his blog at musingsontheplanet.com.


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