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Every year SAS holds its annual banquet as a means for members to come together and celebrate the past year of activities.  We also have a noted contributor to astronomy give us a presentation.  We hope you can join us for a bit of fun and sharing.

2021 SAS Annual Banquet

We hope that you can join us this year for a very special edition of our annual banquet. Although we won't be able to be connect in person, we are extremely excited about the program we have lined up for you as we hope to come together in celebration and to learn no matter what your background!



As NASA and the world brace for the Mars Perseverance Rover landing on February 18th, we are thrilled to welcome Professor Melissa Rice, who worked to design the rover cameras, to discuss the Mastcam-Z cameras, the scientific "eyes" at the heart of the mission. Dr. Rice leads the planetary geology research group at Western Washington University's Mars Lab which works directly with NASA's Curiosity and Perseverance rovers. (NASA's Countdown to Mars featuring Dr. Rice:



We then take a trip beyond our solar system and off to the galaxies! We are elated to welcome astrophysicist and professor Charles Liu as we are guided through the evolution and collision of galaxies! Dr. Liu recently published "The Handy Physics Answer Book" ( and is a frequent co-host on National Geographic's StarTalk. (StarTalk Podcast, Science in Pop Fiction w/Neil deGrasse Tyson: Charles will also be taking questions from attendees on Science in Pop Fiction which should be a lot of fun.


Throughout the program Seattle band Warren Dunes will bring the energy with their sweet indie pop/rock tunes! You can pre-order their upcoming album, Get Well Soon, set for release on 3/19. ( We strongly encourage the support of your local performing arts scene. (Warren Dunes on KEXP:

Saturday, February 13th, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM PST

4:00 PM: Welcome, Happy Hour Social Time

4:20 PM: Announcements & Live Music by Warren Dunes

4:30 PM: Charles Liu presents, "Long Live the Milky Way Galaxy!" w/Q & A

5:10 PM: Musical Break w/Warren Dunes

5:20 PM: Melissa Rice presents, "NASA's Perseverance Rover and the Next Generation of Mars Exploration"  w/Q & A

6:05 PM: Live Music by Warren Dunes

6:10 PM: Science in Pop-Fiction w/Charles

6:25 PM: Live Music by Warren Dunes

6:30 PM: Closing

TICKETS & REGISTRATION Please register below or at 

2020 was a hard year financially for our families, friends, local businesses, and nonprofits alike, so this year we are making the event accessible for FREE with optional donation. We'd like to share this fun and special time with as many of you as possible. In lieu of a catered menu, we are encouraging attendees to support a local small business restaurant by ordering take-out or delivery for the event.



SUPPORTING THE STUDENTS OF WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY In the spirit of community, we'd like to support the undergraduate students of WWU raise funds for their Mars rover operations lab and to support more student researchers. For more info and to donate: 

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