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In addition to the full schedule below, both days will have the following ongoing events and displays:

  • Touch a piece of Mars (!!!); A fragment of a real martian meteorite discovered in Sultanate of Oman.
  • See a full-size mockup of the XCOR Lynx sub-orbital vehicle
  • A space-themed art show with over 50 works of art including 4 original pieces just for Planetfest.
  • Hands-on science activities for kids of all ages (build your own Martian sundial, dirty comets workstation, First Robotics demonstrations)
  • A full-size model of the Curiosity rover that will land on Mars
  • Demonstrations and hands-on workstations for NASA Eyes on the Solar System and Google Mars
  • XBoxes with the Mars Rover Landing Game
  • The Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) used in the current Mars rover mission and other future tech from Honeybee Robotics
  • A room full of presentations and displays about the future of space from our sponsors
  • More events as soon as we can tell you!

Please note that due to the nature of this event, this schedule is subject to change without notice.

Last updated 7:40pm PDT, 8/2/12.

View Saturday's Schedule

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Time: 2 pm - 11pm+
Master of Ceremonies: Bruce Betts (The Planetary Society)

 

Time (PDT) Action/Title Who/Notes Duration (min)
1:00 Will call and ticket sales open   30
~1:30 Open doors Exhibits, planetary videos on giant screen  30
2:00 Welcomes  Bill Nye (TPS), Bruce Betts (TPS)  10
2:10 MSL Entry, Descent, and Landing and Beyond  Rob Manning (JPL)  30
2:40 Selection of the MSL Landing Site  Matt Golombek (JPL)  30
3:10

New Visions for Humans in Space

Moderator: George Whitesides (Virgin Galactic).  Panel: David Giger (SpaceX).  Andrew Nelson (XCOR).  Peter Diamandis (X Prize)  30
3:40

Exploring Mars: Following the Water

 
Scott Hubbard (TPS/Stanford) 25
4:05

Ray Bradbury Tribute

Lou Friedman (TPS)Video of Bradbury reading a poem at JPLPoem readings by Robert Picardo  20
4:25

The Bradbury Imperative: We Must Explore

 

Andrew Chaikin 25
4:50

Postcards from Mars: Update on Science and Exploration from Spirit and Opportunity, and Expectations for Curiosity

 

Jim Bell (TPS/ASU) 25
5:15 JPL leadership/NASA VIPs Charles Elachi (JPL Director) and possible VIPs from NASA.  Exact time is subject to change and other talks will flex around this. 30
5:45

Create, Educate, Advocate

 
Bill Nye (TPS) and special guests  25
6:10

Mars Direct

 
Bob Zubrin (Mars Society)  25
6:35 Rockets to Robots  Mark Sirangelo (Sierra Nevada Corporation)  25
7:00 Dinner Break Exhibits, slides, and videos on giant screen and on webcast  75
8:15 NASA VIP NASA VIP  15
8:30

The Planetary Society and Mars

Bruce Betts (TPS)  15
8:45

Video conference connection with other Planetfest sites

 
  15
9:00

Approximate start of the live JPL/NASA feed.  We will cut to for important information or if we are winding down in content

 
A dedicated person will monitor the NASA feed to make sure we cut over for important material. 0
9:00

Content (details below) plus go in and out of NASA feed.

 - Eyes on the Solar System Mars EDL presentation: what to expect - Calls with MSL science team and TPS at JPL - Greetings 
Order and timing of individual pieces in this block are all subject to change.
Casey Dreier (TPS) Jim Bell (TPS/ASU) and Emily Lakdawalla (TPS)  Paul Damphousse (NSS)
90
10:31p

Approx landing time with entire time surrounding this with Planetfest commentary in addition to NASA TV feed

 
Bruce Betts (TPS), Bill Nye (TPS)    30
11:00 Planned end of NASA feed until press conference    0
11:00 Check ins with people at JPL.Group Q and A with cutting to NASA feed when it restarts. NASA press conference via feed  Check in with Jim Bell (TPS/ASU) and Emily Lakdawalla (TPS) at JPL.   60
12:00+

Close doors or flexible depending on NASA press conference time

 
  0