Booking FormThis talk is about our journey to Mars; it explores some real and fictional stories concerning our planetary neighbour.


Mars has been the focus of over 50 missions during the last 55 years – some successful, some not so. Within a generation, we’ll see the first real Martians colonising the Red Planet.

This informal talk, suitable for anyone with an interest in space, takes a look back at the fiction-based myths and storytelling relating to Mars, and shows how old perceptions waned as space exploration pulled back the veil of mystery, slowly revealing the facts.

It discusses the early mission attempts and failures; the data and images from the first flybys; and the incredible scientific discoveries collected over the last decade from ambitious orbiters, landers and rovers. But central to this talk will be the very real plans to send humans to Mars. How will they survive? What will it be like? Will they be coming back? And will living there be anything like the scenes depicted in Andy Weir’s book, The Martian?

Whether for an astronomy group, a stargazing event or club night, this absorbing talk can be tailored for the audience’s level of knowledge. It lasts about an hour, followed by an optional question and answer session. 

£75 for one hour (incl. Q&As)
We can bring all equipment needed, but can plug into your projection and audio system if you have one. 

Travel is charged at 45p per mile from our base in Hastings to your venue and back again. If the journey will take us over 2 hours we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £45. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.

Lectures and talks can take place anywhere that can accommodate a projector and screen, plus enough chairs for the audience to sit comfortably (a classroom or village hall will do just fine).

To make a booking, please use the Booking Form (click the big button at the top of the page). If you need to talk through any aspects of your booking before filling out the form, call us on 01424 420968 or send us an email.

• We hold £10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance
• All of our electrical equipment is PAT tested, certificates are available on request
• The speaker holds an Enhanced DBS Certificate and carries photo ID