Will humans colonize Mars in the near future? John Thomas of the Mars Society will share his thoughts on interplanetary travel as well as his expertise on the red planet in this exciting presentation. Learn about our observations and explorations of Mars to date and what it will take to get humans to one of our nearest neighbors. A visual simulation of the terrain created with data obtained by the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) will establish some of the challenges of Martian habitation. Bring your questions! John Thomas is a computer expert and long-time amateur astronomer. In addition to the Mars Society, he is a member of Miami Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) and the Astronomical League.