If you were sitting on the planet Mars, you'd be celebrating a brand new year this week.
The Red Planet has a similar axial tile to or planetary home and a day that last 40 minutes longer. But because of an eccentric orbit, it takes Mars nearly two Earth years to make on trip around the Sun.
The Curiosity rover roaming the Gale Crater in Mars' southern hemisphere over the last three years has been doing experiments and ascertaining through soil and rock sample analysis with its onboard instrumentation suite whether Mars once harbored life, and if we Earthlings could live there.
There are even people contemplating if we could actually terraform Mars so that we could comfortably live on the planet.
On Friday, NASA will celebrate the occasion at a event for space enthusiasts in the town of Mars, PA, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. The town of 1700 has a flying saucer sculpture in the town square, and will celebrate the occasion with a festival that has an outer space costume contest and exhibits from NASA.
And if you want to attend the next one, here's your save the date moment for it. It's scheduled to happen May 5, 2017.
Happy Martian New Year! In the meantime, we'll keep looking thorough our telescopes, watching movies, reading sci-fi books with Mars as part of the plot, and contemplating if we have what it takes and the will to make that dream a reality.