Happy New Year, Martians!

According to NASA, the Martian New Year takes place about every two Earth years. So this past weekend, NASA sponsored several exhibits and activities in the town of Mars, Pa., just outside Pittsburgh.

According to a June 15, 2015, AP story, “The agency hopes to encourage young people to study science and technology fields that will further NASA's goal of sending humans to Mars in the 2030s. Mars on Earth has a population of about 1,700 and a sculpture of a flying saucer in the heart of town. Its festival includes a science fiction costume contest.”

So mark your calendar and order the cake: The next Martian New Year celebration is scheduled for May 5, 2017.

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