Sue Morris and her dog "Pepper" are seen with a model of a spacecraft and alien used for photos during the Mars New Year's celebration Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Mars, Pennsylvania. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Sue Morris and her dog “Pepper” are seen with a model of a spacecraft and alien used for photos during the Mars New Year’s celebration Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Mars, Pennsylvania. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The town of Mars, Pennsylvania and NASA marked the Martian New Year with a three-day celebration in the small western Pennsylvania borough. As part of the celebration of the Red Planet’s latest complete journey around the Sun, the town hosted three days of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities.

NASA Communications Manager for Exploration Systems Development Ashley Edwards talks with children about NASA's Journey to Mars during the Mars New Year's celebration. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA Communications Manager for Exploration Systems Development Ashley Edwards talks with children about NASA’s Journey to Mars during the Mars New Year’s celebration. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

There were plenty of space-themed outfits at the Mars New Year's celebration Friday, June 19, 2015, in Mars, Pennsylvania. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

There were plenty of space-themed outfits at the Mars New Year’s celebration Friday, June 19, 2015, in Mars, Pennsylvania. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA team members set up numerous displays and  talked with members of the public attending the Mars New Year's celebration. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA team members set up numerous displays and talked with members of the public attending the Mars New Year’s celebration. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

The town of Mars, Pennsylvania hosted three days of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities to celebrate the Mars New Year. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The town of Mars, Pennsylvania hosted three days of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities to celebrate the Mars New Year. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

This article appeared in the July 2015 issue of RocketSTEM.
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