Mars New Year 2019 Blast-Off Dinner

Blast-Off Dinner - Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Twelve Oaks Mansion

The Blast-Off Dinner celebrates the beginning of the Mars New Year 2019. Mike Harvey, WTAE Chief Meteorologist, will emcee the dinner to be held on March 21, 2019. This year it is our pleasure to announce that Dr. James Green, NASA Chief Scientist, will be our Keynote Speaker for this special evening. We hope you will join us for our 3rd Mars New Year Blast-Off Dinner and the 2019 festivities.

DATE:   Thursday, March 21, 2019

LOCATION:   Twelve Oaks Mansion, 160 Scharberry Lane, Mars, PA

PRICE:   $100/person (175 tickets available)

ATTIRE:   Business Casual

EMCEE:   Mike Harvey, WTAE-TV



5:00-6:00 PM          Private Event

6:00-7:00 PM          Registration & Cash Bar

7:00 PM                   Opening Remarks

7:15 PM                   Dinner

8:00 PM                   Opening Speaker – John Thornton-Astrobotic

8:30 PM                   Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jim Green-NASA

9:30 PM                   Closing Remarks

9:30-10:00 PM        Cash Bar

Emcee of the Blast-Off Dinner

Mike Harvey

Honorary Chairman


Chief Meteorologist Mike Harvey anchors the 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 PM Newscasts for Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.

He is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society and holds both Seals of Approval.  Mike received the CBM designation from the American Meteorological Society, the highest certification given by the organization.

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. James (Jim) Lauer Green

NASA Chief Scientist, Planetary Science Division

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dr. Green received his Ph.D. in Space Physics from the University of Iowa in 1979 and began working in the Magnetospheric Physics Branch at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in 1980. At Marshall, Dr. Green developed and managed the Space Physics Analysis Network that provided scientists all over the world with rapid access to data, to other scientists, and to specific NASA computer and information resources. In addition, Dr. Green was a Safety Diver in the Neutral Buoyancy tank making over 150 dives until left MSFC in 1985.

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Opening Speaker

John Thornton

Chief Executive Officer


John Thornton has grown Astrobotic’s business of delivering affordable space robotics technology and planetary missions by attracting technology contracts, equity investment, and payload customers. Thornton is coordinating the team and alliance for Peregrine’s development and the first mission. At Carnegie Mellon, Thornton led the build of Scarab, a NASA concept robot for lunar drilling, and the first …

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Blast-Off Dinner

Dinner Invite 

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Event Schedule

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