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Space Foundation Summer of Discovery Features "Mars, Rovers and Robots," June 11-15

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 7, 2013) – The Space Foundation is offering a full day of space and science adventure at its Discovery Center on Saturday, June 15, kicking off Father’s Day weekend with activities for all ages, part of its 10-week Summer of Discovery.

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region’s first and only space, science and technology attraction, and is located off Garden of the Gods Road at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs, Colo. The Discovery Center is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 4 – Aug. 10.

During Summer of Discovery, each week will focus on a specific theme, culminating with a full day of special activities each Saturday, included in the price of the Saturday admission. The theme for June 11 – 15 is “Mars, Rovers and Robots,” exploring the role that robots and rovers play in space exploration, with a special focus on the fascinating red planet.

These June 15, “Mars, Rovers and Robots” activities are included in the price of Saturday admission:

  • Meet your favorite Star Wars characters
  • Free micro robots for the first 200 children
  • Cool Science® Magic Show “How Cold is it in Space?” and hands-on science activities – 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Colorado Springs Police Department regional explosives unit robot demonstration, 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • Andros F6A – a medium-sized robot platform that can perform a variety of tasks
  • Applied research associates’ (ARA) Pointman – a small platform, surveillance and reconnaissance robot
  • Enjoy the new Space Foundation “Touch of Mars” interactive display (pictured above)
  • Science On a Sphere® demonstrations, featuring a unique spherical display that brings Mars and our Earth, Sun and Moon to life
  • Underwater robotics with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) similar to the ones used to train astronauts
  • Robot demonstrations all day, featuring IEEE Colorado Technical University Student Branch, MITRE Robotics Challenge, Cougars Gone Wired – Team 2996, The Classical Academy Sea Pearch and Ameribotics®
  • Rocket models – Southern Colorado Rocketeers Remotec’s 
  • “Mars, Rovers and Robots” NASA Film Fest
  • Create your own ROBI robot and other crafts
  • Space artifact exhibits, including, rockets, rovers and space suits 
  • Free Wendy’s chili (while it lasts)
  • Bite Me Gourmet Sausages® and astronaut ice cream for sale

Other Summer of Discovery themes at the Space Foundation Discovery Center are:

  • “Astronauts!” June 18-22
  • “Blue Planet – Green Living” June 25-29
  • “Red, White and Blue” July 2-6
  • “Weather Wonders” July 9-13
  • “One Giant Leap” July 16-20
  • “Women in Spaceflight” July 23-27
  • “Colorado Days” July 30-Aug. 3
  • “A Taste of Space Technology” Aug. 6-10

Daily admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 65+), $7 for college students with I.D., $3 for children ages 4-17. Admission is free with military I.D., to children age three years and younger and to holders of the Colorado Springs Together Card.

See more about the Discovery Center at

Find $1 off admission coupons online at and at local Wendy’s this summer.

Summer of Discovery co-sponsors are 501st Legion, Drive Sunshine Institute, ScienSonic and Wendy’s. ATK and Snappy Print are printing co-sponsors.

Bring Food Donation for Colorado Wildire Relief
To help people affected by Colorado wildfires, the Space Foundation Discovery Center has been designated a collection point for Care and Share. The public may bring food donations to the Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Anyone bringing a food donation will receive a $2 off coupon to the Discovery Center. Care and Share has requested the following food items:

  • Canned and boxed meals
  • Soup
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned vegetables and fruit
  • Snacks

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom and major industry events, including the Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. The Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its world headquarters features a public Discovery Center with two main areas – the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®. The Space Foundation also conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.