August 15, 2003
Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
On the evening of August 27, Mars and the Earth will be only 34.6 million miles apart, the closest they have been in 60,000 years. In observance of this event, Ranger Jim Pisarowicz will present a special program that evening beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Pisarowicz will discuss how studies occurring during this celestial event have been impacted by his rock-eating microbes research being conducted in the cave called Cueva de Villa Luz, located in Tabasco, Mexico.
Pisarowicz is a world-renowned caver and his discoveries have been featured in National Geographic and on the PBS science program NOVA.
Weather permitting following the program, Mars will be viewed through a telescope courtesy of the Hot Springs School District.
This special evening program will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, at the Elk Mountain Campground Amphitheatre in Wind Cave National Park. Admission is free. Call 605/745-4600 for more information.