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"Curiosity" lands on Mars

posted Tuesday July 3, 2012

NASA has scheduled the landing of its newest Mars rover, Curiosity, for the early morning hours of Aug. 6, 2012. Morehead is not offering a public viewing of the Curiosity broadcast, since the landing will be around 1:30 a.m.

However, we're 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. Please join us in Morehead's Science Stage for these free presentations:

  • 1:30 p.m., "A History of Mars Exploration, 1960-today" (Rice)
  • 2 p.m., "The Curiosity Rover" (Malaska)
  • 2:30 p.m., "Gale Crater, Mars -- The Curiosity Landing Site" (Malaska)
  • 3 p.m., "Seven Minutes of Terror -- Mars Atmosphere, Entry, Descent and Landing" (Rice)
We're also planning to offer several hands-on activities for children, 1:30-3:30 p.m., in the west end of Morehead near the Science Stage.

Morehead will offer its regular schedule of fulldome planetarium shows on Aug. 5. However, 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.