Tuesday, August 6, 2013


NASA’s Curiosity Rover, a car-sized, six-wheeled rover, landed on the surface of Mars on August 6, 2012. One year later, Curiosity is halfway through its planned 2-year mission, learning more about the Martian environment as it makes its way toward Mount Sharp.  The Adler Planetarium's celebration will feature  NASA's full-size model of Curiosity, a life-sized balloon sculpture, workshops with astronomers and more.

WHAT:   “Discover Your Curiosity” Celebration!

WHO:     Dr. Mark Hammergren, Astronomer

WHEN:   Tuesday, August 6, 2013
        9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

                *All activities are included in paid admission

Welcome to Mars: ?Fly through Valles Marinires and see Mars through the eyes of Curiosity like never before using the technology of Microsoft's World Wide Telescope in the Clark Family Welcome Gallery.

Roving Rovers: ?Get up close and personal with a full-size model of Curiosity, and learn about all the revolutionary equipment and tools the rover is using to explore the red planet.

Where is the Water?: Curiosity has found evidence that mars had a watery past. Find out how we know there was water on Mars in this hands-on family workshop perfect for all ages!

Seven Seconds of Terror: ?How hard is it to land a one-ton rover on Mars? Find out at this activity by building your own parachute to deliver a miniature model of the Curiosity rover to the Earth's surface!

Curiosity Balloon Installation: What better way to celebrate Curiosity's one-year anniversary than with a life-sized balloon sculpture? Check out Chicago's award-winning balloon artist Smarty Pants as he builds a giant rover assembled entirely out of balloons right in front of your eyes! Balloon model construction will start early morning ending early afternoon.

Space Visualization Laboratory (SVL): Join astronomers in the SVL to look at some high-resolution images of Mars taken by Curiosity and learn about the science being done on and around mars.

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