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North Texas Skywatch Star Party 2015

The annual North Texas Skywatch Star Party has been scheduled for Saturday evening October 10, 2015 at Lake Mineral Wells State Park near Mineral Wells, TX.

NTSW Star Party 2014
NTSW Star Party 2014

This is a great opportunity for new star gazers to get out under a dark sky and look at numerous fascinating astronomical objects through various types of telescopes. In addition it provides a great chance for those trying to decide what type and size of telescope they want to buy the same chance to actually get up close and personal with telescopes and ask questions of the owners.

Mark your calendars and join the fun! Whether you are just starting out in the hobby or an old pro it’s good to get out under the stars and enjoy a night of star gazing and telescopic observation. See you there.


Send Your Name on the InSight Mars Lander

In March 2016 NASA’s InSight Mars lander is scheduled to blast off. “InSight: short for (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.

The solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.
The solar arrays on NASA’s InSight lander are deployed in this test inside a clean room at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.


InSight will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in March 2016 and land on Mars Sept. 28, 2016.

Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASA’s journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander.

“Our next step in the journey to Mars is another fantastic mission to the surface,” said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “By participating in this opportunity to send your name aboard InSight to the Red Planet, you’re showing that you’re part of that journey and the future of space exploration.”

Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 8. To send your name to Mars aboard InSight, go to: