Mars Day @ the Museum
Friday, May 5 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Included in Museum or Planetarium Admission
Bring the family or just treat yourself and visit the planet Mars at the Museum! Talk to experts from NASA and learn from the museum’s special space science exhibit: Roving with Perseverance. Mars-related hands-on activities, demonstrations, and giveaways (while supplies last) will be offered. Walk on Mars (virtually) with the Museum’s one-of-a-kind full-scale Mars surface image.
From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., join Museum Mars scientist, Dr. Larry Crumpler along with other researchers and engineers from the Perseverance Rover team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additional special guests will include Mars Program Directors from NASA Headquarters. They will all be available near the full-scale Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter models, on loan to the museum for only about one month more after this event.
The Museum and visiting NASA Mars scientists will also present special talks in the planetarium at 1 and 4 p.m. They will discuss the newest results from the Perseverance Rover mission, which is collecting samples of the Martian surface that will be brought to Earth by the planned Mars Sample Return mission.
“This will be an opportunity for the New Mexico community to meet and interact with some of the high-level leaders within NASA,” said Crumpler. These are the administrators and scientist responsible for current and future Mars mission planning. This is a rare opportunity for any community.”