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Explore Mars at the Goddard Visitor Center
07.16.12
 
Mars at Opposition in 2003, seen by the Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble image of Mars

On July 28, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., just nine days before the Mars rover Curiosity touches down on the Red Planet, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Visitor Center will host a free exploration event in anticipation of this interplanetary achievement.

This is your chance to interact with the scientists and engineers working on the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM), the Goddard-built instrument suite onboard the rover Curiosity. This exciting opportunity, intended for families with middle school-aged children or younger, will feature fun and enlightening presentations and hands-on educational activities led by SAM scientists and engineers. See yourself on Mars with the Goddard photo booth and immerse yourself in a 3D Mars image gallery.

Experience engaging exhibits like a full-scale inflatable Curiosity rover, a full-scale rover wheel, and examples of rocks like ones NASA might find on Mars. Enjoy the ongoing Visitor Center exhibits, including mesmerizing presentations on the stunning Science On a Sphere and a Gemini capsule model.

For more information on SAM and NASA’s exploration of Mars, visit: http://ssed.gsfc.nasa.gov/sam and http://www.nasa.gov/mars. Visit the Goddard Visitor Center website for directions and more information.