Explore all that Mars Exploration Celebration has to offer!

Giant Mars Map™

 Through the Giant Mars Map™, folks of all ages get to sit, stand, walk, play, and learn together on the Red Planet! 

The large vinyl floor map depicts a colorful topography, landing sites of missions, names of regions and also features comparative data about Mars and the Earth.

Giant Moon Map™

In honor of the Apollo program’s 50th anniversary, the Aldrin Family Foundation launched the new Giant Moon Map™. Folks of all ages get a deep dive on everything they would need to know to live and thrive on the Moon, while learning about one of humankind’s greatest achievements


Join Astrobotic at the Mars New Year festival to see MOON ROVERS up close and personal, speak with Astrobotic engineering experts and a Mission Director, and even send a message to the Moon!

You read correctly – through Astrobotic’s nonprofit Moonshot Museum, Mars Fest attendees will be able to write a message that will be sent to the lunar surface. Typically, this is only offered through Astrobotic’s MoonBox program and begins at a few hundred dollars per item going to the Moon.

Astrobotic will also be selling Peregrine Mission One patches at a discount for festival attendees.

For more information on Astrobotic, Peregrine Mission One, Polaris Rover, and the MoonBox, please visit:  http://marsnewyear.com/astrobotic/

Drone Addiction, LLC

Visit the Drone Zone for an opportunity to ‘throttle up, pitch, yaw, and roll.” Take control of one of our drones and fly around the aerial obstacle course or challenge your piloting skills with a game of “Drone Trough Ball!”

To learn more about the programs, demonstrations, discussions, and lectures that will be offered over the two days, please visit:  http://marsnewyear.com/drone-addiction/

Robotics Village

The Robotics Village is a bookend exhibit that celebrates youth robotic programs and allows the community to explore how students can be the innovators and contribute to future robotics.

Student teams from Pennsylvania and surrounding states will demonstrate their skills and allow visitors to interact with small and large robots all designed, built, controlled by these student teams.

STEAM interactive activities and crafts for kids of all ages. For more information on the Robotics Village click here.



Carnegie Natural History Mini-Museum

Visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Mini Museum to explore dinosaur fossils, analyze artifacts, and investigate rock samples!  Discover how paleontologists and archaeologists use space to find fossils and artifacts.  Learn about how the geology of Earth and Mars are similar and different.

Stop by the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau booth to learn about all of the amazing things to do, see, and experience in Butler County year round.

For more information, visit:  https://www.visitbutlercounty.com/

Argo AI is a global autonomous vehicle technology platform company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company is developing self-driving technology in partnership with leading automakers, including Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group, to make getting around cities safe, easy, and enjoyable for all. Argo AI employs more than 1,300 people with engineering centers located in Dearborn, Mich.; Cranbury, N.J.; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Munich, Germany. Argo is currently testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in Miami, Fla.; Austin, Tex.; and Washington D.C., as well as in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and California. For more information regarding Argo, please visit www.argo.ai.

Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol is the all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary. CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as
mentors to over 26,000 young people (Cadets) nationwide, about 1,000 Cadets in Pennsylvania. The CAP Cadet program is open to youth ages 12-20 and adults 18 and up and adults ages 18 and up. CAP members also perform homeland security, disaster relief, aerial imagining and Search and Rescue missions at the request of federal, state & local agencies. There are 46 squadrons in the Commonwealth, many in southwestern PA!

Please stop by our exhibit for hands-on STEM challenges, to learn more about CAP Volunteer Service and to receive something to take home!

Please visit: www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.


Ralph Crewe of Isn’t That Something is a science educator-turned-YouTuber. Ralph Crewe and his crew will provide interactive astronomical demonstrations as well as answer space/science questions.

Watch Isn’t That Something at:  http://www.youtube.com/isntthatsomething


PPG will demonstrate advanced technologies used on airplanes such as coatings that keep the plane cool on a hot day and cabin windows that dim with the touch of a button.


Mars Library is hosting “Life on Mars Hexagon Project” on Saturday, August 28th from 1:00-4:00 pm EST.  Use your creativity and big thinking ideas to prepare the planet Mars for human living.
All participants will be able to express their ideas on what towns, cars clothing etc. will look like to make livable communities on the planet.
Ideas will be drawn on hexagonal shapes and displayed in the library. All supplies for the project will be waiting for your creative ideas.

To learn more, visit https://www.marsarealibrary.org/summer.html#programs

To learn more about the Hexagon Project visit: https://hexagonproject.org

Hot Wheels

Glass is an amorphous material, and it’s always on the move—just like Pittsburgh Glass Center’s mobile glass studio called Hot Wheels.  Watch glass artists manipulate molten magma into fiery works of art right in downtown Mars!

Hot Wheels is made possible by a grant from the Emma Clyde Hodge Memorial Fund in memory of L. Van V. Dauler, Jr.


The vision for the Mars International 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 located in the Mars Library to learn more about the Mars International Discovery Center.   

Mars New Year Merchandise Tent

Stop By the Mars New Year Merchandise Tent to Purchase Collectible T-shirts and Other Fun Items! (Cash or Credit Card Accepted)

Are you smarter than an Astronomer?  Stop by the AAAP, Inc. booth to find out!! 

While visiting, take a look at astrophotographs taken by AAAP, Inc. members as well as an “Atlas of Mars.”

To learn more about AAAP, visit https://3ap.org



The Mars Area History & Landmarks Society Train Station and Museum will be open Friday, August 27th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm and Saturday, August 28th and from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Train Rides, museum tours, activities, and adventures will be offered weather permitting.

Address:  1 Brickyard Road, Mars, PA 16046.  Visit http://marshistory.org/ for more information.

Dan Andre – globe maker, of Knights of the Classroom, LLC will be presenting the history of the planet Mars, beginning with the naming of the planet by the Greek and Romans.

Dan will be exhibiting modern and historical globes of Mars, including a replica 1896/97 Mars globe by Percival Lowell.  The on-going event long presentation will cover topics of our evolving understanding of Mars through the ages.

*Why is Mars called Mars?

*What happened in the 1930’s War of the Worlds?

*Why did we believe Mars had canals?

*What about the real Mars -features and facts?

*What about the very first satellites to Mars?

See models of the first space probe that truly saw the real Mars and forever changed our understanding of the Red Planet. View a replica of the first Viking Lander that began our current age of robotic exploration of this fascinating place.

In addition to Mars, Dan will be answering questions and exhibiting globes of other planets and moons providing a tour of the Solar System.

For those of you that are looking for something unique to take home, Dan will be selling globes and pillows of Mars and various planets. Literally – when you go home, you will be able to sleep on Mars or Earth’s Moon!


The Makers S.T.E.A.M challenge build is a space where families can come together to build a habit at Mars for the 100 people who are being sent there by NASA….

In this space you will use science, technology, engineering art and Math to build a geodesic dome….

There is educational and historical information about Mars the planet, the town and info on the moon….

Butler County’s Dairy Promotion team will be there as well to discuss milk on Mars…. And give away some cool Dairy stuff….

There will also be 100 sculptures made by Rose, AJ, Logan Mad Myself to represent the 100 going to Mars

Stop by the IDA Pittsburgh booth to learn about what light pollution impacts such as Astronomy, Health Problems, Environment, and Security and Safety.

To learn more about “protecting the night sky,” visit www.ida.org.


Need to get out of the weather and crowds? Caregivers of infants and toddlers are invited to take a quiet rest with their children in the back room of the Mars Library. This space will be accessible via the Grand St. entrance from 1pm-4pm on Saturday.

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