ExhibitsExplore all that Mars Exploration Celebration has to offer!
The Remotely Operated Vehicle for Education, or ROV-E, is a tiny version of the rover currently exploring Mars, named Curiosity. See ROV-E’s 6-wheeled suspension for yourself as you learn about how humans on Earth operate rovers on Mars.
NASA – MARS VIRTUAL REALITY
Put on a headset and explore Gale Crater with the Curiosity rover! This VR experience uses real data from the rover and enables you to walk around and look at rocks, sand dunes and even the rover itself!
NASA-3D PANORAMA OF MARS
The Spirit rover spent a long Mars winter taking the 119 images that were stitched together to make this 3D panorama of Mars. When you wear your 3D glasses you will feel like you can reach out and touch the Mars rocks! Plus, take those glasses home and check out more 3D pictures of Mars! https://go.nasa.gov/2UOzpeL
NASA – MARS SCIENCE DISPLAYS
Learn about current and future missions as you meet the scientists and engineers of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, who go to work every day on Mars. See a real a meteorite from Mars, rocks from Earth’s Moon, Mars globes, models of rovers and orbiters, rover wheels and more! Ask the experts your questions about the Red Planet!
NASA- MARS ROVER WHEELS
Why can’t Mars rovers use rubber tires? What kind of tough terrain do the rovers encounter? How many wheels do rovers have, anyway? Find out the answers to these questions and more when you see and touch scale models of Mars rover wheels.
NASA-ASTRONAUT PHOTO OP
NASA-Mars Astronaut Photo Op
NASA-InSight Lander, Half-Scale Model
See a half-scale model of the InSight lander, which touched down on Mars in November, 2018. The solar-powered lander used its robotic arm to set two instruments on the surface of Mars. Data collected by Insight will help us learn about the history and evolution of rocky planets, like Earth and Mars.
NASA-Make your Own Quake Jump Station
Jump up and down and see what kind of quake you can make with our seismometer! The Insight lander uses a seismometer to learn about the interior of Mars, just like scientists do on Earth.
NASA-PEEP Depressurization Chamber
Predict what will happen to a marshmallow Peep when the air pressure in this special chamber matches that of planet Mars. Hint: If you are going to Mars, you need your space suit!
NASA – MARS HELICOPTER FULL-SCALE MODEL
See a full-scale model of the Mars helicopter, which is a technology demonstration that will accompany the Mars 2020 rover mission. This helicopter will demonstrate the potential of aerial flight on Mars, which may enable more ambitious missions in the future.
Students learn robotics.
Visit the Drone Zone tent for hands-on drone action.
The first museum that will be sent to the Moon on board the Astrobotic lunar lander.
Makers build will give children of all ages young and old, the opportunity to use discarded technology and other everyday items to create their own miniature version of what their house on the planet Mars could look like. Let your imagination go wild!
The vision for the Mars Discovery Center is for S.T.E.A.M. ED (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) and will focus on educational experiences for children, youth, and their families, and for all visitors to imagine traveling through space to, and living on, the planet Mars.
Stop by our indoor exhibit to learn more about the Mars Discovery Center from one of our representatives. While visiting, we ask that you take a moment to complete a survey in order to help us gain a better understanding of the communities interest.
MARS AREA HISTORY AND LANDMARKS SOCIETY
The Mars Area History & Landmarks Society Train Station and Museum will be open Friday, May 31st from 5 pm until dusk, Saturday, June 1st, from 11 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, June 2nd from 11 AM – 5 PM. Train Rides will be offered weather permitting. Address: 1 Brickyard Road, Mars, PA 16046. Visit http://marshistory.org/ for more information.
You’ve landed on the red planet for an exploratory mission, but you’ve been captured by Martians who are wary of new life forms! Unfortunately, there is a larger problem at hand: a fatal amount of cosmic radiation is heading towards Mars, which will cause serious damage to control systems, making it impossible to get back home. You have exactly 45 minutes to escape and launch if you ever want to see Earth again. Good luck!
Visit the Mars Escape room in the Community Room of the Mars Library! Registration to play the game is on site starting at 4 pm Friday 5/31. Room is conceived and provided by students at Mars High School. Admission is free. Please arrive 5 minutes early for instructions.
Carnegie Science Center
Explore hand-on interactive science experiences presented by the Buhl Planetarium team from Carnegie Science Center. Touch space rocks, analyze starlight, make your own Martian soil and more!
COMMEMORATIVE CANCELLATION STAMP
COOL LABS OUTREACH – SUN SAFETY
Which UV rays are harmful to our skin? What amount of sunscreen is the most effective in blocking UV rays?
Visitors will use a UV meter to find the answer this and many other questions as they learn how to protect their skin while enjoying the summer months. The exhibit will be open Saturday 1-5 pm.
3D Printing Experience
MARS MEETS THE THEREMIN
Pittsburgh-based Thereminist and collector Corey LeChat will be demonstrating and displaying at least a half dozen theremins from his personal collection including a 1970s Gibson Maestro, an early Bob Moog 1960s kit theremin (currently undergoing restoration), the PAiA Theremax, and several Moog models including the Etherwave Standard, The Signature Edition and The Etherwave Pro. (His original fully-restored 1929 RCA Theremin will not be making the voyage to Mars this New Year, but will be on display sometime in the future).
Stop by the exhibit on Saturday and Sunday and play one yourself.
If you want to see some theremins in action in a rock-n-roll setting, The Gothees will be featuring theremins in their performance on Saturday.
LITTLE MARTIAN SCAVENGER HUNT
Look for figures in the exhibitors tents.
Send photos of all 5 to Martians@marslibrary.org for a special gift.
Presented by Mars Library