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Mars fever hits campus; planetarium sells out

times offered twice per evening.
     Some 150 people in total watched the 36-minute program titled "Is There Life on Mars?" Several dozen remained afterward until nearly 10 p.m. just outside the Science Building to view the Red Planet through the Astronomy Department's telescope.
     It was apparent that the intense interest was spurred by the fact that in recent

days, Mars came closer to Earth than it has in the past 60,000 years.
     "I knew there would be a lot of people, because I got tons of calls, but I didn't know there would be this many," said Dave Meyer, planetarium director.
     "Mars is the reason. They are all here about Mars," said Dr. Richard Reeb of Silver Lakes, a retired Barstow College political science professor who stood in line for tele