Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Model to be on Public Display in Bay Area
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650/604-5026 or 604-9000
NASA is giving people in the San Francisco Bay area the chance, for a limited time, to view a full-scale model of the Mars Exploration
Rover (MER), two of which now are exploring the red planet.
The MER model will be on exhibit at the San Jose State University Event Center, San Jose, Calif., Thursday, April 1 through Saturday,
April 3, during the FIRST Robotics Competition there, which is open to the public free of charge. Next, the MER model will be on display
at the Mars Center just outside the main gate at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., from Sunday, April 4 through Sunday, April 11, except Monday, April 5, when the Mars Center is closed.
"Presenting the MER model in the San Francisco Bay area gives students and families an ideal chance to see the kind of rovers that now are exploring Mars," said Joe Hering of the NASA Robotics Education Project. "This full-scale model is exactly the same size, and looks the same as the MER robots," Hering added.
The hours the MER model will be displayed at the FIRST Robotics Competition at the San Jose State University Event Center are Thursday, April 1 and Friday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, and Saturday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to noon PST.
During the regional robotics event at San Jose State, 47 student teams will compete their robots against each other. The regional contest will include schools mostly from California, but teams from Boston; Newark, N.J.; and Las Vegas also will take part. Organizers
expect that as many as 5,000 spectators will attend the contest.
More information about the First Robotics contests is on the World Wide Web at:
The Mars Center is open to the public (no entrance fee) Tuesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT and weekends, noon to 4 p.m. PDT. The Mars Center is closed on Mondays and federal holidays. To reach Ames, take the Moffett Field exit from Highway 101, drive east toward the main gate. The Mars Center is near Ames' main gate, on the right. The Mars Center telephone numbers are: 650/604-6274 and 604-6497.
Publication-size images are available on the World Wide Web at: