To Mars and Beyond

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‘Twas the evening of Mars, with experts discussing space exploratory clout, as Hollywood and science met, at the SoHo House.

The Science & Entertainment Exchange met at the beautiful SoHo House in West Hollywood, for an affable evening of science and conversation.

Acclaimed scientists and Hollywood’s elite attended the event held above the twinkling City of Stars. Yet, as the night drew on another luminous region was explored – Space.

A visit to Mars may no longer be science-fiction. According to Phil Plait, author and astronomer, as well as Jennifer Trosper, JPL’s Mars Mission Manager, the journey to our neighboring planet is more like science-reality

The beautiful loft area was filled with creators of Blockbusters that focused on space exploration, and the final frontier. However, few have been closer to landing on another planet than speaker Jennifer Trosper.

Trosper provided such vivid detail of the Red Planet, it seemed as if she visited regularly. 

Phil and Jennifer were a formidable duo as they applied current culture to the future of space exploration. Phil’s outlook on the importance of surpassing our imaginative plateaus, spoke to an audience constantly encouraged to expand the imagination of the masses.

The evening concluded with a lively Q&A – Laughs, cheers, and projected dates for humanity’s arrival to Mars filled the animated room.

A marvelous mixture of two, not so distant, worlds combined for a smashing evening above the beautiful Los Angeles skyline.

The statements and opinions expressed in this piece are those of the event participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for this event or of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.