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GW calendar logoA Mars landing in the not-so-distant future is a real possibility, thanks to the space race between NASA and private ventures. But a manned mission to the Red Planet comes with a whole host of unprecedented challenges. To explore those challenges, the MIT Enterprise Forum Northwest is hosting a special event at Impact Hub Seattle.

Challenges in Getting to Mars and Back will explore technological hurdles, medical risks, and other complications related to landing men and women on Mars.

astronaut no text 100-dpi dreamstime_m_59735703Experts from NASA, Planetary Resources, and GeekWire Aerospace and Science Editor Alan Boyle are scheduled to speak at the event, which takes place Wednesday Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

That’s one of the selections from the GeekWire Calendar, our curated list of the Pacific Northwest’s top tech events. Keep reading and visit the full calendar for more.

AlanEustace_DLS2015UW CSE Distinguished Lecture: Stratospheric Exploration – The Ultimate Science Project

What: “This talk will discuss the technical challenges and solutions that enabled Alan Eustace, a 57 year old Google executive and computer scientist, and the StratEx team to set 3 world records, including the highest free-fall skydive from 135,890 feet.”

Where: Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, Seattle.

When: Dec. 8, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Register: This event is free and open to the public.

NewTech-TacomaNew Tech Tacoma

What: “More than just a meetup, we’re a community that loves people, Tacoma and tech. New Tech Tacoma is breaking down the silos and bringing together the smart, fun, creative people from across the full spectrum of the Tacoma area tech community.”

Where: Post Hall, Tacoma.

When: Dec. 8, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Register: Tickets are on sale for $10 here.

AWS Activate-Little-StandbyAWS Activate Startup Pitch Event and Networking Mixer

What: “Come celebrate and kick off the holidays by watching five hot, AWS-powered startups pitch their latest ideas. Everyone in attendance will be part of the audience panel, who will vote on which category each startup best represents. After the pitches wrap up we will turn up the music and kick the party into high gear. You can mingle with the Seattle startup community, AWS Activate members, accelerators, incubators, and AWS cloud experts.”

Where: Stout Pub, Seattle.

When: Dec. 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Register: RSVP for free here.

YPOS Wild Lights Flyer Final Renditions 952X480YPOS Night at Wildlights

What: “Get into the holiday spirit with YPOS at Woodland Park Zoo’s annual holiday lights event, WildLights! Join us for networking, adult hot cocoa, s’mores and more inside the zoo’s gorgeous event space before exploring their spectacular holiday lights display.”

Where: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle.

When: Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Register: Tickets are on sale for $30 here.

Items for this feature are picked from the GeekWire Calendar, where you can submit free listings for geeky gatherings and technology-related events in the Pacific Northwest.

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