The Birth of the Face on Mars and Other Tales of Early Space Photography

On Thursday November 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm in Dryden Theatre


Today, Steve Fentress serves as director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium at Rochester Museum and Science Center. In 1976, he was a junior audio-visual technician at the NASA-Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, part of the crew that presented over a hundred televised press conferences for the Viking landings on Mars. Fentress will bring his “I was there” accounts of Viking’s first picture of its footpad, Carl Sagan’s announcement of the wrong sky color in the first color image from the Martian surface, and the press release photo that launched a fringe industry: the “Face on Mars.” He also watched the beginnings of digital image processing, and observed what can happen when journalists and their subjects operate for months in close proximity.

Join us for this illustrated lecture followed by a Q&A, and stay to view The History of Space Photography and Astro-Visions—the museum will be open until 8 p.m.

Presented in conjunction with the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Half price for RMSC members. Free to Eastman House members, included w/ museum admission.



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