As part of Planetfest 2012, we are trying to identify and connect with other science centers, astronomy clubs, meet-ups, etc. where you can go to meet with like minded space enthusiasts to witness the landing of Curiosity on Mars. Below is a list of the places that have told us they will be holding events. We will be updating this list as we receive information on new groups.
Can’t find a place near you? You can still join us in this exciting adventure. We will be webcasting both days. So gather some yummy munchies, settle back in a comfortable chair in front of your computer and join us at planetfest.org.
Interested in hosting a Planetfest Worldwide event?
If you register as a local Planetfest event, we'll provide you with a live video feed from our Planetfest event in Pasadena, background and discussion materials, Planetary Society stickers, free issues of the Planetary Report, and other materials (upon request).
Doors open at 9:30PM with an expected landing time of 10:18PM and conformation of landing at 10:32PM. Outside telescopes will be set up for viewing while inside a live feed from NASA JPL will be on our 15ft media wall.
We will only be able to be open Sunday 05 Aug 2pm to midnight. We are not charging, but donations are suggested. Food can be purchased near by. Space will be limited so an RSVP via e-mail is suggested.
Ames is going to Mars, and you're invited to join us!
NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft with the Curiosity rover is scheduled to arrive on the Martian surface at 10:31 p.m. PDT on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Curiosity will search for evidence that Mars had environments and chemical ingredients favorable for microbial life. Register for your tickets now at http://nasaamescuriosityevent.eventbrite.com!
Event Schedule (all times PDT):
4 p.m.: Doors open - Grab a snack at one of the gourmet food trucks.
5 - 8 p.m.: Ames Expo - Come see booths and demonstrations of Ames' Curiosity connections, listed below.
8 - 10 p.m.: 'Ask A Scientist'- Several scientists, including renowned Mars expert Chris McKay, will share their stories about Mars and why we are so curious about it!
10 p.m. - midnight: Live broadcast - We will tune in to the control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to find out what's happening as the Curiosity mission unfolds.
All activities are included with general admission. You are encouraged to buy tickets in advance either online or over the phone.
Extended hours, live NASA feed. Investigate Mars and life on other planets, build robots, discover post-shuttle NASA plans, fly a simulated mission to the red planet, and visit our theatre for live and webcast conversations with futurists, entertainers and mission scientists. Activities include a simulated space mission to Mars in our Challenger Learning Center, hands-on demos and activity tables, robot/probe building and dance party, presentation by Dr. Nathalie Cabrol on NASA Lake Lander Project, live screening of Planetfest, live screening of NASA coverage leading up to and during the landing.
Come dressed as your favorite Martian, robot, or inner extraterrestrial as we celebrate all things Martian during our final After Dark event at the Palace of Fine Arts. Explore the social life of robotic spacecraft with Janet Vertesi, and experience a full-scale model of the Mars rover Curiosity, scheduled to arrive on the red planet Sunday, August 5. Encounter forgotten science fiction and popular science films presented by Dan Streible and Megan Prelinger and get a sensory tour of the Martian landscape with Exploratorium scientist (and Martian snowflake discoverer) Paul Doherty. You can also design your own spacecraft--and attempt to safely deliver an egg from the mezzanine balcony to the museum floor below.
Join the Museum's Mars scientist Steve Lee and experts from Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance, Sierra Nevada Corporation, the Space Science Institute, and DMNS to learn about this ambitious mission and what's in store for the new rover. We'll look over the shoulders of mission controllers during live NASA TV coverage of the landing, and maybe even see Curiosity's first views of its new home on the Red Planet.
The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium has teamed up with the Planetary Society to witness and celebrate the largest robot ever sent to another planet - Curiosity. Information, fliers and magazines will be available in the planetarium this Sunday, August 5 during regular show hours and a live-feed from NASA/JPL will be offered between shows.
The Atlanta Science Tavern is a grassroots public science forum organized on meetup.com - with over 2,000 members as of June 2012 - serving the growing community of science enthusiasts in the Atlanta region with a varied program of educational and cultural events. We will be providing a variety of snacks and refreshments, while supplies last, of course. Please feel free to attend whatever parts of the program appeal to you. The most up-to-date information can be found at Mars Landing Party, a website created especially for this event.
6:30pm - Doors to the Hodges Room open.
7:00pm - Speaker program begins. Five presentations are slated, each lasting about 45 minutes with a brief question-and-answer session.
In the Beginning: The origin of life on Earth and elsewhere
The future of outer solar system exploration lies with JUICE (JUpiter ICy-moon Explorer)
The Moon and Mercury: Water, water everywhere?
Mars exploration from the 17th century through tonight
The Mars Curiosity Rover - Assessing the conditions for life on the Red Planet
Midnight - We cut over to live NASA/JPL coverage of the descent and landing and go into full-fledged party mode.
1:30am - Earliest reports of the MSL landing arrive at JPL.
3:00am - We close up shop and head home to go to bed.
Saturday, August 04, 2012, 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, August 05, 2012, 11:30 a.m.; Monday, August 06, 2012, 11:30 a.m. (all EDT)
Cost: Included with Exhibit Halls Admission
Join the party! Celebrate the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. Get a close look at our 1/3 scale model of Curiosity and ask questions about the mission. Enjoy live presentations about Curiosity and the other Mars rovers, try activities about space and planetary science, and check out Destination Station, a special temporary exhibit about the International Space Station. At the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center Stage we'll tune in live to The Planetary Society's Planetfest, featuring talks by well-known planetary personalities such as Jim Green, director of NASA's planetary science division, and Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society.
Admittance will be free. Festivities will begin around 9pm EST on Sunday and go late into the night. [email protected] is a chapter of the national SEDS organization, a space advocacy group focused on increasing public awareness on the benefits of space exploration.
Free event and open to the public. We will offer telescopic views of Mars and Saturn and give short talks about Mars and the Curiosity mission. Tahoe Star Tours is an Astronomy Outreach company based in Reno NV. Our vision, "One Day Everyone Will Walk Out Under A Starry Sky They Understand." The Planetary Society live feed will be shown.
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive Concord, NH 03301
Presentation times will be after Planetarium shows at approximately 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, and 3:45 on both Sunday, August 5th and Monday, August 6th.
Curiosity, NASA's largest, most advanced Martian rover, is scheduled to land on Mars early Monday morning, August 6, 2012. Special presentations throughout the day - including demonstrations, skits, discussions, and a NASA video on the actual landing called "Seven Minutes of Terror" - focus on why Curiosity is headed to Mars, the challenges of landing a one-ton mobile scientific instrument on a distant planet, and what Curiosity's job will be over the coming months. There will be free handouts from the Planetary Society available.
Additional Info: Hosted by NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Jason Kendall, we'll have a public talk about the search for life on Mars. We'll also do fun hands-on activities, such as building Mars landers, walking through human orrerys, looking through spectroscopes, and possibly stargazing with the University's telescopes. As the evening goes on, we'll also watch "Roving Mars" the IMax movie about the little Mars rovers that could, and just before the live NASA coverage, we'll watch the 1953 "War of the Worlds". Bring your PJs. We'll serve the pizza. It's all free and open to the public, at Science Hall East on the campus of William Paterson University.
Our Planetfest event will occur during the August 5th Free First Sundays. The observatory will be open for viewing on Sunday from 11am - 2pm. Celebrate Mars and the landing of the rover Curiosity. Hands-on activities for the entire family. Telescope viewing. Short talk on Mars and the current rover Opportunity and the new rover Curiosity by Dr. Larry Crumpler, science team member of the MER rover team.
Join Andrew Kessler, author of "Martian Summer," to celebrate the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars! The free event will feature drink specials, Mars trivia, book
giveaways and expert commentary during NASA's live coverage of the landing, on the big screen. Attendees must be 21+. In the summer of 2008, Andrew spent three months living and working in mission control of the last Mars expedition, along with 130 top NASA scientists and engineers, becoming the first outsider ever granted unfettered access to such an event. He chronicles the adventure in his book, Martian Summer.
Saturday, August 4th. Classes will run approximately 1 hour starting at 1:00pm and 2:30pm
Free with museum admission
We will be teaching special lessons on the Red Planet and the solar system using our GEODOME (the next best thing to having a spaceship and flying all over the universe faster than the speed of light!) and STARLAB. We will also be participating in PLANET FEST (a science web-cast started by Bill Nye) by uploading our video questions to have them answered by NASA scientists!
Additional info: NASA's newest Mars rover, "Curiosity," is scheduled to land the early morning hours (Eastern time) of Aug. 6, 2012. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is not offering a public viewing of the Curiosity broadcast, but we are celebrating the occasion with special programming on Sunday, Aug. 5.
Morehead is replacing its Science Stage presentations -- on Aug. 5 only! -- with special presentations by NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassadors Mike Malaska and Tony Rice:
1:30 p.m. - "A History of Mars Exploration, 1960-today" 2:00 p.m. - "The Curiosity Rover" 2:30 p.m. - "Gale Crater (the Curiosity landing site)" 3:00 p.m. - "Seven Minutes of Terror (entry into Mars' atmosphere, descent and landing)
We're also offering two or three hands-on activities for children on Aug. 5 (ongoing from 1:30-3:30 p.m.).
Morehead will offer its regular schedule of fulldome planetarium shows on Aug. 5. The live star show "Carolina Skies" at 3:30 p.m. will emphasize Mars and this mission. All activities are open to the public. The Science Stage presentations and hands-on activities are free. Regular ticket prices apply to fulldome planetarium shows.
Additional info: In sync with the Planetary Society's Planetfest in Pasadena. We are a small rural school-based science center and planetarium that has been operational since 1969. We serve over 11,000 students, teachers, and members of the general public annually. Sunday night at 8:00pm we will have a special one time-only screening of a Martian Sci fi classic.
11:30pm - Doors open
Midnight - Getting to Mars, launch and trajectory of Mars Science Laboratory (Alan Rich)
12:30am - Inside the Mars Science Laboratory (Ian Hewitt)
1am - Gale Crater reveals the geology of Mars (Mike Malaska)
1:30am - 7 Minutes of Terror (Tony Rice/NASA TV Live from JPL)
Admission is free for Planetarium members. Non-member admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and under.
Ingram Planetarium presents a special program to celebrate the Mars landing of the NASA rover Curiosity. Jerry Jackson, Chief Meteorologist for WWAY-TV3, will be on hand to describe the weather conditions on Mars. Is there sunlight? Is there snow? How hot or cold will it be when Curiosity lands on Mars? Planetarium Director Mark Jankowski will describe the geology of Mars. Are there oceans on Mars? Could Mars sustain life? Why is Mars called the "Red Planet"? During Jackson's and Jankowski's presentations, the Planetarium's Sky Dome Theater will display stunning visual images of Mars.
Additional info: The event will be covered with standard admission to the museum. The video feed shall be streamed in our SciTheater Saturday and Sunday, leading up to the landing on Sunday night. The museum will reopen, late on Sunday evening to host enthusiasts wanting to witness the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory.
Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 from 12:30pm-2:00pm; Monday, August 6 from 12:00pm-1:00pm
Free with general admission to the Science Center!
Join us in the Buhl Digital Planetarium as we view the official NASA briefings before and after the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory. The event also includes opportunities to learn more details of Curiosity's mission with hands-on activities and Q&A sessions.
Additional Info: Call 817-691-5995 for directions and to RSVP. We will be joining Planetfest on a large screen TV. We will be inviting several local organizations including local chapters of the Moon Society, Mars Society and National Space Society as well as the Meetup group and others interested in Space exploration.
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Come to the Science Museum at Tanglewood Mall to share special real-time video supplied by the Planetary Society. Get unique views and commentary on the final leg of Curiosity’s journey to the surface of the Red Planet. We’ll have activities for the kids, so as always bring the family to enjoy this fascinating event.
Schedule of Events: 6:30 - 7:10pm: Webstream of the Bill Nye Show from the Planetary Society's Planetfest at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, Calif. 7:10 to 7:30 pm: "7 Minutes of Terror" and other Mars videos. 7:30 to 9:00 pm: "All-star" line-up of Mars and space travel experts, including five former NASA Mars Science Laboratory engineers and managers, now with the asteroid mining company, Planetary Resources; a manager from the Mars Science Laboratory rocket supplier, Aerojet; and the Dept. Chair for the University of Washington School of Earth and Space Science. 9:00 to 11:30pm: Link up with NASA live feed 11:30: End event
Free admission to event. This is a science museum focusing on Paleontology and featuring the renowned dinosaurs of Patagonia. Its permanent exhibition offers a journey back in time to the origin of life on Earth. Its traveling exhibit "Dinosaurs of Patagonia" spent several years in Europe and is now visiting Brazil.
Curiosity event - Talks by astronomer Pedro Saizar and biologist Amalia Villafane. Summary of Curiosity's first day on Mars. Connection to NASA TV if any live events occur. Telescope observations of Mars will follow after dusk.
A recording studio/web casting facility here, with a large screen projection system. We will be showing a live feed from the Planetary Society available to interested space explorers in Winnipeg. Activities will include watching Mars related feature films and documentaries along with any live feed video from Planetfest. On Sunday, we'll begin activities at 7 PM to 1:00 AM Monday. We'll be running live feeds of the landing as it happens.
Curiosity is one of the most complex pieces of robotic awesomeness we've ever sent beyond the Moon. It's on an extraordinary mission, employing Canadian technology, and its landing is a great reason to celebrate. And so we shall.
This will be a Planetfest live-stream event, featuring:
Live play-by-play video and narration of the spacecraft's descent and landing, plus a peek at the first images returned from the mission
Live commentary, interviews and social media chat opportunities from leaders in space exploration, including (depending on PlanetFest schedule): Charles Elachi, Director of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Bill Nye (the Science Guy); planetary volcanologist Rosaly Lopes; Jim Bell, pancam lead on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and member of the Curiosity Mastcam team; Planetary Society blogger Emily Lakdawalla; Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell; up-and-coming scientist Abigail Fraeman; NASA Planetary Science Division Director Jim Green; former "Mars Czar" Scott Hubbard; actor Robert Picardo; historian Shelley Bonus; space artists; and private space entrepreneurs.
Edible and alcoholic deliciousness — and unmitigated, unapologetic overdoing of our Mars theme
The Friday bar at the department of Computer Science, Aarhus University invites local students from Math, Physics and CS to watch the Mars landing on Monday morning starting from 6 am, 91 minutes before the expected landing on Mars. Drinks will be served.
National University of Ireland, Galway School of Physics
National University of Ireland, Galway School of Physics University Road, Galway, Ireland
Fee is GHc5 for adults, GHc3 for students and children
Saturday 4th August 2012, 4pm - late
4pm - children's activities
5.30pm - Presentations on Mars and the rovers
6pm - Planetarium show
6.30pm onwards - telescope viewing (weather permitting)
Organized by volunteers of the Ghana Astronomy and Observation Association based at the Ghana Planetarium. The Planetarium is open for group bookings during the week, we also organize public events about once a month on a Saturday.
The Russian Academy of Cosmonautics named after of Tsiolkovsky (RACTs) it is organised in 1991 in Moscow. The St.-Petersburg branch RACTs is organised in 2000. We give lectures at universities, we spend discussions, conferences and excursions on history and a current state of the Russian and world astronautics. We want to be together with the American colleagues in historical days of a celebration of "CURIOSITY".
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