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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Mars Update


Our Mars Update planetarium show will be presented at 1:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday from August 31 – December 1. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about current events on Mars!

In October 2012 the rover Curiosity touched down on the surface of Mars. This mission follows the wildly successful earlier missions involving the rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Where are these spacecraft now on the Red Planet? Are they still working? What have they discovered so far? In our fall planetarium show, we’ll explain the answer to these questions and share the latest news from Mars!

Our show begins with a 15-minute synopsis of how our views on Mars have changed over the years – from the writings of authors H.G. Wells and Percival Lowell to the NASA robot, Curiosity. We’ll see how a world that was once thought to be full of life and Earth-like was, in reality, a cold, dusty, dry planet.

The show concludes with a presentation detailing where you would find Mars that night, the current status of all the rovers and what they’ve discovered, and other spacecraft updates.