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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).


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For the events below, we use these icons to denote the the following distinctions:

Official Planetfest Event Official Planetfest event (either displays the live stream of Planetfest in Pasadena, displays materials from The Planetary Society, or includes volunteers from The Planetary Society)
Shows MSL Curiosity Landing Event includes the actual landing of the Curiosity rover (this can be late)

United States

California

Downey

Columbia Memorial Space Center

12400 Columbia Way
Downey, CA 90242

August 5, 2012 9:30 - 11:30pm

Contact: Christie Pearce, Center Manager
Phone: (562) 231-1200
Email: cpearce@downeyspacecenter.org
Website: http://www.columbiaspacescience.org/news-events/event/curiosity-landing-party/

Cost: $5

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.

 

Long Beach

Long Beach Humanists

Contact: Robert Newton
Website: http://www.reddit.com/r/longbeach/comments/xl74a/planetfest_update/

Please email for event location and additional details.

Live broadcast from the Planetary Society will be played.

 

Los Angeles

Nullspace Labs

1015 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Sunday , August 5, 2pm - midnight

Contact: Chris Ingram
Phone: (856) 392-5244
Email: chris@bad2beef.net
Website: http://032.la/

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.

 

Moffett Field

NASA Ames Research Center - SOLD OUT

Shenandoah Plaza
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 5 pm - midnight (doors open at 4 p.m.)

Contact: Darlene Gross, Education Program Specialist
Phone: (650) 604-4587
Email: Darlene.f.gross@nasa.gov
Website: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/events/2012/ames-curiosity.html

Cost: Free (registration required at: http://nasaamescuriosityevent.eventbrite.com)

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.

 

Oakland

Chabot Space and Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland Ca 94615

Saturday August 4, 11 – 5pm
Sunday August 5, 10am – 11 pm PDT

Phone: 510-336-7373
Website: http://www.chabotspace.org/calendar.htm?date=8-5-2012&p=1834435

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.

 

San Francisco

The Exploratorium

3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Thursday, August 2, 2012, 6:00pm - 10:00pm PDT

Website: http://www.exploratorium.edu/afterdark/event-mars
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Exploratorium-After-Dark/168254573234024
Twitter: https://twitter.com/exploratorium

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.

 

Sebastopol

Lightspace Solar Electric

Contact: Ross Eppler Email: ross@lightspacesolar.com
Phone: (707)548-9389
Website: www.lightspacesolar.com

Free event, desert, wine, and potluck from 7-11pm. Please email to RSVP and get directions.

Colorado

Denver

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205

Sunday, August 5th, 8pm

Cost: $8 member, $10 nonmember, $5 child (ages 3-12)

Phone: 303-370-6000
Website: http://www.dmns.org/learn/adults/after-hours/curiosity-landing-event/

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.

Florida

Jacksonville

Bryan Gooding Planetarium and Museum of Science and History

1025 Museum Circle
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Sunday, August 5th, 12:00pm - 5:00pm EDT

Contact: Heather Smith, hsmith@themosh.org
Phone: 904-396-7062 x230
Website: http://www.themosh.org/Home.html

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.

Georgia

Atlanta

Atlanta Science Tavern

Centergy Building
75 5th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30306

August 5, 2012 6:30 pm – 3:00 am EDT

For those over 15, a $5 contribution will be requested at the door

Marc Merlin: marc@atlantasciencetavern.com
Twitter: @sciencetavern
Meetup Event: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaScienceTavern/events/69771682/

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.

Illinois

Champaign

William M. Staerkel Planetarium

Parkland College
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821

August 5th, 10pm - 1am CDT

Contact: Dave Leake
Phone: 217-351-2567
Website: http://www2.parkland.edu/planetarium/index.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/William-M-Staerkel-Planetarium-at-Parkland-College/111504155403

Free. Seating is first come, first served.

Additional information: Planetfest will be streamed live on the 50-foot dome.

 

Massachusetts

Boston

Museum of Science

Gordon Current Science & Technology Center
1 Science Park
Boston MA 02114

Contact: Julia Sable
Email: jsable@mos.org
Phone: 617-723-2500
Website: http://www.mos.org/events_activities/events&d=5584

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.

 

Michigan

Ann Arbor

SEDS@UM

114 W. Summit St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Sunday, August 5th 9:00pm - late

Contact: Harvey Elliott
Email: helliott@umich.edu
Website: http://www.facebook.com/sedsatum

Admittance will be free. Festivities will begin around 9pm EST on Sunday and go late into the night. SEDS@UM is a chapter of the national SEDS organization, a space advocacy group focused on increasing public awareness on the benefits of space exploration.

Minnesota

Duluth

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium – University of Minnesota Duluth

1023 University Ave. Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium
Duluth, MN 55812

Phone: 218-726-7129

Sat Aug. 4th 9:30am - 5:00pm;
Sunday Aug. 5th 4:00pm - 1:00am CDT

Contact: Howard Mooers planet@d.umn.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/UMD-Marshall-W-Alworth-Planetarium/123550117727582
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/UMDPlanetarium
Website: http://www.d.umn.edu/planet/

Kids activities include Alien Art Contest, build your own spacecraft, and Alien Costumes

 

Nevada

Reno

Tahoe Star Tours

University of Nevada Reno
18600 Wedge Parkway
UNR Redfield Observatory
Reno, Nevada 89511

Sunday, August 5, 6pm - 11pm PDT

Contact: Tony Berendsen, Star Guide and Poet
Phone: 775-232-0844
Email: tony@tahoestartours.com
Website: tahoestartours.com

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.

New Hampshire

Concord

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.

Phone: 603-271-STAR (7827)
Website: http://www.starhop.com/

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.

New Jersey

Wayne

NYC Physics and Astronomy Meetup: Curiosity Mars Landing Party

William Patterson University
Science Hall East
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Sunday, August 5, 2012: 6pm – 2am

Contact: Jason Kendall

Phone: (917) 312-3707
Email: jkendall@moonbeam.net
Website: http://moonbeam.net/InwoodAstronomy/events/20120805.shtml

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/292742987490939/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasonskendall

 

New Mexico

Albuquerque

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

1801 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87104

Sunday, August 5th 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Contact: Deb Novak, Chief of Education
Phone: (505) 846-2836
Email: Deb.Novak@state.nm.us
Website: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NMMNHS
Twitter: www.twitter.com/NMMNHS

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.

New York

New York City

Mars Curiosity Landing Party at Professor Thom's

Professor Thom's
219 Second Avenue Upper Level
New York, NY 10003

August 5th, 11:30pm - 2:30am EDT

Contact: Alyssa Galella
Email: agalella@hugeinc.com
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/214396065352735
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MartianSummer
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kesslerandrew

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.

North Carolina

Asheville

Colburn Earth Science Museum

2 S Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801

Contact: Matt Price

Phone: (828) 254-7162
Email: mprice@colburnmuseum.org
Website: http://colburnmuseum.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/a-historic-achievement-of-science/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/colburn.museum

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!

 

Chapel Hill

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

250 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Contact: Amy Sayle

Phone: (919) 843-4129
Email: sayle@email.unc.edu

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moreheadplanetarium
Twitter: http://twitter.com/moreheadplanet

 

Lumberton

Robeson Planetarium and Science Center

420 Caton Road
Lumberton, NC 28360

Saturday, August 4th, 12:00pm - 5pm
Sunday, August 5th, 7:00pm - 10pm

Contact: Ken Brandt, Director
Phone: (910) 735-2147
Email: brandt@uncp.edu
Website: http://www.robesonsky.com/

No fee/suggested donation

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.

 

Raleigh

NC Museum of Natural Sciences

11 W Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27601

August 5th, 11:30 pm - 2:00 am EST

Free event

Contact: Tamara Poles
Email: tamara.poles@ncdenr.gov
Phone: (919) 707-9277
Website: http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/mars-science-laboratory-new-mars-rover-curiosity-landing

Schedule:
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)

 

Rosman

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

One PARI Drive
Rosman, NC 28772

August 11, 2012, 1pm - 6pm

Contact: Christi Whitworth, Education Director
Email: cwhitworth@pari.edu
Phone: (828)862-5554
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pisgah.Astronomical.Research.Institute
Twitter: @astronomy_PARI

Cost $30.00

Celebrating Curiosity's Landing on Mars. Held in partnership with Star Trek Club Alaric. Program includes discussions and a planetarium program.

Sunset Beach

Ingram Planetarium

7625 High Market Street
Sunset Beach, NC 28468

Monday, August 6th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Contact: Mark Jankowski
Email: mark@MuseumPlanetarium.org
Phone: 910-575-0033
Website: http://museumplanetarium.org

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.

 

Oregon

Ashland

Science Works Hands-On Museum

1500 E Main St.
Ashland, Oregon 97520

Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, 2012

Contact: Scott Hubert – Science Activities Coordinator

Phone: (541) 482-6767
Email: sciactivities@scienceworksmuseum.org

http://scienceworksmuseum.org/

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.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scienceworksmuseum
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Science_Works

 

Portland

Leeward Space Foundation, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 SE Water St.,
Portland, OR 97214-3354

Contact: Charles Radley
Phone: (551) 579-4686
Email: charles@ava.st
Website: http://leewardspacefoundation.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/spaceistheanswer

A free event. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit, promoting space development.

 

Pennsylvania

Long Pond

NASA Mars Science Laboratory Landing Event at Pocono International Raceway

Pocono International Raceway
500 Long Pond Road
Long Pond, PA 18334

August 4th - 5th, during Pennsylvania 400 weekend

Contact: Bonnie Murray, Education Specialist/ DLN, LE&RN, Informal Education at NASA Langley Research Center
Phone: (570) 646-2300 (Raceway)
Email: bonnie.murray@nasa.gov
Website: http://www.poconoraceway.com/

 

Pittsburgh

Buhl Digital Planetarium – Carnegie Science Center

1 Allegheny Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Contact: Charissa Sedor, Program Presenter, Buhl Planetarium & Observatory
Email: SedorC@CarnegieScienceCenter.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CSCpittsburgh/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carnegiesciencecenter

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.

Rhode Island

Providence

Northeast Planetary Data Center

Brown University
192 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02912

Contact: Peter Neivert, Manager, Northeast Planetary Data Center
Phone: 401-863-3243
Email: peter_neivert@brown.edu
Website: http://www.geo.brown.edu/nepdc

Planetfest live broadcast will be shown

Tennessee

Cookeville

The Oakley STEM Center at Tennessee Tech University

Morris Hall 155 W. 7th St.
Cookeville, TN 38501

Sunday August 5, 10:30pm - 12:45am CDT

Free and open to the public.

Contact: Mr. Jim Brock, Director of Development
Email: jbrock@tntech.edu
Phone: (931) 267-7539
Website: http://www.tntech.edu/stem/events/

Additional info: Speakers from The Millard Oakley STEM Center and Apollo-era NASA hands.

Texas

Arlington

Forth Worth Space

Free, The event will be from 4p.m. Sunday, August 5 until 9 p.m.
Location: Please contact the host or visit the website below for the event location
Organizer: Patricia Ferguson
Phone: 817-691-5995
Email: tricia3718@gmail.com
Webiste: https://sites.google.com/site/fortworthyurisnightcelebration/

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.

 

San Antonio

Solar San Antonio

118 Broadway, Suite 118
San Antonio, TX 78205

August 5, 2012

Contact: Nic Jones
Phone: 210-354-0236
Email: njones@solarsanantonio.org

Website: www.solarsanantonio.org for more information
Facebook: www.facebook.com/solarsanantonio
Twitter: www.twitter.com/solarsanantonio

Free Event

Solar San Antonio is a cutting edge non-profit 501(c)(3) organization making solar energy a major contributor to the creation of the new energy economy. Solar San Antonio connects the private and public sectors through education, innovative marketing, and creative financing programs. Solar San Antonio provides direct assistance to homeowners and businesses ready to "go solar."

Virginia

Herndon

North Virginia Space Exploration Group

Location Coming Soon, please check the meetup page for current details

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Meetup organizer: Gabriella Rios-Georgio

Email: griosify@gmail.com

Roanoke

Science Museum of Western Virginia

4412 Electric Road
Tanglewood Mall, 2nd level
Roanoke, VA 24018

Saturday August 4th 10pm - 6 pm; Sunday August 5th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Contact: Jim Rollings
Email: jrollings@smwv.orgPhone: 540-342-5710
Website: http://www.smwv.org/?event=curiosity-weekend-aug-4th-5th-planet-mars-welcomes-nasas-newest-visitor

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.

Washington

Seattle

The Museum of Flight

Murdock Theater (at The Museum of Flight)

9404 E. Marginal Way South
Seattle, Washington 98108

August 5, 2012, 6:30pm - 11:30pm

Call or visit web site for tickets and more information:

Free event

Phone: 206-764-5866
Website: http://www.museumofflight.org/event/2012/aug/11/marsfest-2012

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

 

Wisconsin

Milwaukee

Bucketworks/Milwaukee Makerspace

706 S 5th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Free, but RSVP at http://mslparty2012bw-estw.eventbrite.com/

Contact: Royce Pipkins, MM President
Email: Royce.pipkins@gmail.com
Website: http://milwaukeemakerspace.org/2012/07/curiosity-edl-party/

No Fee, Free Party. 11PM CDT. Bucketworks and Milwaukee Makerspace co-working/hackerspaces in Milwaukee.

Argentina

Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio

Fontana 140
Trelew, Chubut 9100
Argentina

Contact: Dr. Pedro Saizar
Email: psaizar@gmail.com
Website: http://www.mef.org.ar
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/ferugliomuseum (in English)
www.facebook.com/mefpatagonia (in Spanish)

Tuesday, August 7th, 6 PM (9 PM UT)

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.

Australia

Adelaide, South Australia

The Heights School

The Heights School Brunel Drive
Adelaide, South Australia 5096

Time: 2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.

Free event

Contact: Andrew Cool
Email: Andrew@cool.id.au
Website: http://www.theheights.sa.edu.au/

The Heights School is an R-12 school with its own observatory

Strathmore, Victoria

The Space Association of Australia

Victorian Space Science Education Centre Strathmore
Secondary College, 400 Pascoe Vale Road
Strathmore, Victoria 3041
Australia

Monday, August 6th, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Contact: Peter Alyward
Email: spaceflight@optusnet.com.au
Phone: (03) 9379 3456

Free event

Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to land on Mars on Monday, August 6 at 3:31 p.m. Melbourne time.

No guests will be admitted on the day without having pre-booked at: https://events.engineersaustralia.org.au/ei/getdemo.ei?id=1383&s=_Z040XXZRH

You are invited to the VSSEC to view the landing live!
Guest Speakers:

  • Marion Anderson (Monash University, Mars Geology)
  • Adrian Brown (SETI Institute)
  • Francesco Pignatale (Swinburne University)

Active Feeds: NASA TV, History of Mars Exploration Presentation, '7 Minutes of Terror', previous landing movies, Google Mars, Engineers Australia info, etc.

Mars Rover Activity:

Guests will be able to observe and participate in the VSSEC Mars Autonomous Science Laboratory Mission and view the MASL Mars rover in action.

Lab Activities: A series of fun hands-on and some take-home activities for Guest’s (and their children) to participate in, including:

  • Cratering – a crater simulation activity
  • Build- a-Mars – build a model globe of the planet Mars
  • Robotic Hands- build a robotic hand end effector
  • Getting Dirty on Mars – compare and contrast 'Earth' soil with 'Mars' soil.

Website: http://www.space.asn.au

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/125595237552652/

Canada

Alberta

Calgary
TELUS Spark - Cancelled

Manitoba

Winnipeg

Clear Light Sound

85 Lenore Street,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Saturday, August 4th, 7 PM to 12 PM CDT
Sunday, August 5th, 7PM to 1AM

Contact: Ervin Bartha
Phone: 204-783-7707
Email: etnada@gmail.com
Website: www.ClearLightSound.com

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.

Ontario

Toronto

Toronto's Live Curiosity Landing Party

Hotel Ocho
195 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C5

Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 8:00pm - Monday, August 6, 2012 at 2:00am

Contact: Jonathan Moneta
Email: jonathan.moneta@gmail.com
Website: http://marsparty.ca

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

Toronto

Alien UFOs in Outer & Inner Space (ALIENs) Meetup Group

Date and time information coming soon. For updates please check our meetup page at: http://www.meetup.com/Alien-UFOs-in-Outer-Inner-Space/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/212915598745753/

British Columbia

Vancouver

Royal Canadian Legion

1407 Laburnum St
Vancouver, BC V6J 1W4

Contact: Angela Squires
Email: eclecticsquire@hotmail.com
Phone: (778) 322-8778
Website: http://billybishoplegion.org

No fee. Aug 5th. 8pm onwards.

Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion that is also an official Military Museum. Greatly looking forward to this. Safe landing 'Curiosity'!

Denmark

Aarhus University, Department of Computer Science

Åbogade 34 Peter Bøgh Andersen aud.
Aarhus 8200
Denmark

Contact: Mathias Rav
Email: rav@cs.au.dk
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/469396363078080/

Monday, August 6th, 6:00am

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.

Ireland

Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway School of Physics

National University of Ireland, Galway School of Physics
University Road, Galway, Ireland

Contact: Diarmaid de Burca, Treasurer Email: diarmaiddeburca@gmail.com

Free event. All day two day event with live feed. We are the Astronomy Society of the National University of Ireland, Galway (a student organization).

Netherlands

Planetary Society Netherlands:

ESA Business Incubation Centre

Kapteynstraat 1
Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland 2201 BB
Netherlands

Contact: Arno Wielders

Email: arno@spacehorizon.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/390463957682489/

Free event. Start of the event on the morning of the 6th of August at 6:30. It is co-organised with the Dutch Association for Spaceflight and the dutch volunteers for the Planetary Society.

 

Ghana

Accra

Ghana Planetarium

12, Osu Avenue Extension
Cantonments, Accra
Ghana

Contact: Ms. Sarah Abotsi-Masters, Secretary, Ghana Astronomy and Observation Association (GAOA) & National Coordinator, Ghana - Astronomers Without Borders (AWB)
Website: http://www.ghanascienceproject.net/index.html

Date: Saturday, August 4th

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.

Pakistan

DevBrats

Shahrah-e-Faisal

Karachi, Sindh 74400
Pakistan

Contact: Umair Ashraf
Email: umr.ashrf@gmail.com
Website: http://umairashraf.me

Open to the public. Planetfest broadcast will be shown on a projected screen. Our goal is to make people aware about what’s happening in the world.

Russia

St. Petersburg

Russian Academy of Cosmonautics Named after Tsiolkovsky, St. Petersburg Branch

21-153, Iskrovsky prospect
St. Petersburg 193230 Russia

When: August 5

Contact: Mikhail Malenkov, Vice-President
Email: m.i.malenkov@gmail.com

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".