His talk, which is free and open to the public, will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Weintraub’s latest book is Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go. His questions take on new urgency with NASA planning to send astronauts to Mars orbit by the 2030s. Meanwhile, SpaceX wants to arrive by 2024, while Mars One wants to land a permanent settlement there in 2032.
In his talk, Weintraub will show how Mars-mania has dominated our cultural consciousness since we first turned our sights on the planet that is named for the god of war.
Weintraub’s other books include Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal with It? and How Old Is the Universe?
Weintraub’s talk is co-sponsored by the Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations at Vanderbilt. For more information, email Lynn Maddox.