In March, Dr. Gomez from the League went on a discovery mission to Ireland to scope out the proposed namesake for a location on Mars.  The selected land feature is the sparsely populated Island Roy, or Oiléán Ruaidh in Gaelic.  At Scoil Naomh Bhride, the nearby elementary school in Downings, the schoolchildren had questions for NASA’s Athena Science Team.  The head of the Mars Rover mission, Steve Squyres, who along with the Mars Rover Opportunity is scouting the perfect location for the new Ireland on Mars, answered as follows...
The League:  The school children in the area have some questions for you.  
They would like to know - Is there any way to stop global warming?
Squyres: Yes... reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
schoolchildren:  Will there be a hotel (and a swimming pool) on Mars?
Squyres: I don't know, but i hope so!
schoolchildren:  and could the rovers start building on Mars?  
Squyres: No... they're made for exploring, not building.
The League: Incidentally, all of them would like to go to Mars.
Squyres: They're the right age for it. The first people who will go to Mars
are not astronauts... not now. They're kids who are still in school.

Lovely Weather is an artist in residency program in
County Donegal, supported and organized by the
Letterkenny Regional Cultural Center and

The Irish Rover: Looking for Mars Off the Northern Coast of Ireland

a Lovely Weather project

Photo of the League and kids at Scoil Naomh Bhride,
by Paul McGuckin 05/10


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To the left: Captain Jesper claims the floor of Mulroy Bay for Mars;
filmed by Professor Troubadour (Note that though the flag being planted closely resembles Japan's flag, its emblem contains an additional flare and represents Mars.)