Explore 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.


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!  


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


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!


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-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!


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.  


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.



Children have the opportunity to plant their own sunflower to take home using sunflower seeds, biodegradable peat pots, and soil. 

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!


Stop by the U.S. Postal Service – Mars Post Office Branch – for your special commemorative hand-cancelled stamp in hour of Mars Exploration Celebration.
Bring your outgoing stamped mail and a Mars Post Office representative will provide a free cancellation stamp.
Available, Saturday, June 1, 2019 during the special hours of 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


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



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.


Stop by our tables in front of the Library to explore and create simple projects with Snap Circuits. A robot craft will also be available for young children. (Exhibit Hours: Saturday 9-4pm, Sunday 11-4pm.)
Note* The Library will be open for normal hours: Saturday 9-4pm, Sunday Closed.


Look for figures in the exhibitors tents.
Send photos of all 5 to Martians@marslibrary.org for a special gift.

Presented by Mars Library


An active Amateur Radio station will be set up at the MHLM starting on Friday at Noon to 5 PM, Saturday 10-12 and 2-5 and Sunday 10-2PM.  Amateur Radio operators will be available to demonstrate some of the operating that has allowed us to speak to other hams all over the world including through Satellites and bouncing signals off of the Moon.  Stop by and have an opportunity to experience Amateur Radio.


Civil Air Patrol members offer you hands-on Aerospace Education STEM projects you may make and take including: a model robotic arm, rubber-band rockets, paper rockets that launch from water bottles, foam plate gliders PLUS a chance to see our 1/4-scale F-22 Raptor and a chance to pilot our flight simulator!
Civil Air Patrol is the all-volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force! CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, homeland security, disaster relief, aerial imagining and Search and Rescue missions. The CAP Cadet program is for youth ages 12-20 and adults may join at age 18 and up. CAP members also perform  There are 46 squadrons in the Commonwealth, many in southwestern PA!
 Please visit: www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.

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