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Highlights of Saturday's "Mars, Rovers & Robots" at the Discovery Center

07/11/2014

Saturday, July 12, at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs features a special astronomy-themed SphereCast with 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i on the Discovery Center’s Science On a Sphere® at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

The following activities are available on July 12, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., or at the times shown below: 

  • Free surprise for the first 100 paid children admitted on Saturday (age 4-17 only, includes Discovery Passport holders)
  • Free Wendy's Chili and meet "Wendy," starting at 11:00 a.m.
  • Cool Science® Interactive Demonstrations, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • SphereCast with 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i - ""From Mauna Kea to Mars" - 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
  • Robotics Club Demonstrations
  • Operate a Water Robot
  • Hovercraft and UAV Demonstrations
  • Build and take a Mars RC Rover ($18 additional fee) – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Build a Mars Habitat
  • Mars Lander Design Challenge, 11:00 a.m., 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
  • Mars Movie Fest, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Science On a Sphere® Presentations (every 30 minutes)
  • Mars, Rovers & Robots-themed Crafts and Activities
  • Treats for purchase: OohWeeAnaya Ice Cream Treats, noon - 4:00 p.m.

"Mars, Rovers & Robots" continues Tuesday, July 15, through Saturday, July 19. Activities Tuesday, July 15, through Friday, July 18, include:

  • FREE Surprise for the first 25 paid children admitted each day (age 4-17 only, includes Discovery Passport holders)
  • Science On a Sphere® Presentations (every 30 minutes)
  • Cool Science® Interactive Demonstrations - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Thursday, July 17 only)
  • Minecraft® Mission to Mars - Noon/2:00 p.m. ($4 additional fee)
  • Mars Movie Fest - 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Build a Mars Habitat
  • Mars Lander Design Challenge - 11:00 a.m./1:00 p.m./3:00 p.m.
  • Build a Mars RC Rover - 11:00 a.m./2:00 p.m. ($18 additional fee)
  • Operate a Water Robot
  • Mars, Rovers & Robots-themed Crafts

FREE July 17 Celebration of Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary
July 17 is the day the Space Foundation has chosen for its celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing (July 20, 1969). The public is invited to hear first-hand from three men closely involved in this historic period at NASA. Join this free Apollo 11 Fireside Chat at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, at the Discovery Center. The speakers are:

  • CAPT Bruce McCandless, (USN Retired), former NASA astronaut
  • Marlowe Cassetti, former executive with NASA, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing
  • Lou Ramon, former NASA employee in Flight Crew Operations and Mission Operations Directorates

Please RSVP by July 15 for this free Fireside Chat at [email protected] or 719.576.8000.

Activities for Saturday, July 19, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • FREE Surprise for the first 100 paid children admitted on Saturday (age 4-17 only, includes Discovery Passport holders)
  • Meet the Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (pictured)
  • Bite Me Gourmet Sausages - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • OohWeeAnaya Ice Cream Treats Food Truck - Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Minecraft® Mission to Mars - Noon/2:00 p.m. ($4 additional fee)
  • Science On a Sphere® Presentations (every 30 minutes)
  • Mars Movie Fest - 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Build a Mars Habitat
  • Mars Lander Design Challenge - 11:00 a.m./1:00 p.m./3:00 p.m.
  • Build a Mars RC Rover - 11:00 a.m./2:00 p.m. ($18 additional fee)
  • Operate a Water Robot
  • Mars, Rovers & Robots-themed Crafts & Activities

Please see our website for further details at www.spacefoundation.org/events/summer-discovery and see photos of the activities here. Activities are subject to change.

Thank you to our "Mars, Rovers & Robots" Saturday sponsor BKD, LLP.

Other Summer of Discovery weeks include:

  • Rocketry, July 22 - 26, July 29 - Aug. 2
  • A Taste of Space Technology, Aug. 5 - 9, Aug. 12 - 16

About the Space Foundation Discovery Center
The Discovery Center is located in Colorado Springs, just off of Garden of the Gods Road at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, and is the region’s first and only space, science and technology attraction. The Discovery Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with occasional evening events. The Discovery Center is closed on Sunday and Monday and on holidays.

Discovery Center daily admission fees are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors (age 65+), $7.50 for college students with I.D., $4.50 for children ages 4-17. Children age three years and younger are admitted free. Military fees are $5.00 for adults with I.D., and $4.00 for military children ages 4-17 with I.D. Military includes active duty, guard, reserve or retiree with I.D.

For information, call 719.576.8000 or visit www.spacefoundation.org/museum.

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