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Astronomy Geek Night: Mars Edition

Cost: $5

Date: Aug 5, 2014

Commemorate the second anniversary of the Mars Curiosity rover's landing at "Astronomy Geek Night: Mars Edition.

The event begins at 7 pm on Tuesday, August 5.

Online registration is closed for this event, but you can still purchase your ticket at the door. Tickets will be on sale until 7 pm tonight.

The Science Center will present a live-stream of "Mars Up Close," a panel discussion through National Geographic and NASA. The panel will discuss the latest discoveries from Mars and what scientists have learned from Curiosity.

Dr. Jim Green, NASA's Planetary Science division director and head of the Mars Program, will introduce the panel.

The panel of distinguished space scientists comprises:

  • Ken Edgett, principal investigator, MAHLI Camera, Mars Exploration Program
  • John Grant, geologist and long-term planner, Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory
  • Pan Conrad, deputy principal investigator, sample analysis at Mars team, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Marc Kaufman, a space news writer and author of the new National Geographic book "Mars Up Close" will moderate the discussion.

Before the live-stream, a video titled "Seven Minutes of Terror" will chronicle the difficult final moments before Curiosity's landing.

After the live-stream, watch the Planetarium show "Traveler's Guide to Mars" and, weather permitting, venture to the rooftop observatory to view Mars through a telescope with expert guidance.

Dr. Brendan Mullan, astrophysicist, science communicator, and director of the Buhl Planetarium & Observatory, will introduce the event and answer questions.

Tickets cost $5. Online registration is closed for this event, but you can still purchase your ticket at the door. Tickets will be on sale until 7 pm tonight.

Snacks will be available for purchase during the event.

Aug 05, 20147:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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