'Uncle Martian' Lectures in Beijing

Geofferey A. Landis, a noted American scientist from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), gave a public science lecture about "Mars and Space" in the China Science and Technology Museum on Saturday afternoon in Beijing, China.

Accompanied by a slide show, Dr. Landis lectured about the features of Mars and about America's plans to explore it. He also took questions from Chinese astronomy buffs present.

A graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master's degree in electronic engineering, Dr. Landis was awarded a doctoral degree in solid physics in 1989.

The NASA program manager is affectionately prestigious by many young readers in China as "Uncle Martian" due to his numerous vivid science fictions works on the topic.

The lecture was co-organized by the China Science and Technology Museum, Beijing Evening News, the press of Science Fiction World magazine and the Beijing Planetarium.

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