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Take a Martian Space-cation at the Space Foundation Discovery Center "Super Saturday" June 27

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 24, 2015) – Space agencies around the world have their eyes set on human exploration of Mars within the next 20 years, so the second theme in the Space Foundation’s Summer of Discovery programming is focused on humanity’s “Next Stop, Mars.” On Saturday, June 27, take a space-cation that will prepare you for living on the red planet.

This “Super Saturday” event will feature various demonstrations and hands-on activities that will prime visitors for what life may be like on Mars, including creating a Mars spacesuit, a Martian K’nex® habitat and designing the rocket that could transport mankind into deep space. The Mars Robotics Laboratory will be operating with a specific mission to be completed, and visitors will relive the “Seven Minutes of Terror,” by watching the Mars Curiosity rover landing video on Science on a Sphere®. Guests will also be challenged with creating their own Mars lander to safely deliver humans to the red planet’s surface and produce and enjoy an edible Mars rover.

Additional fee activities on June 27 include:

  • Minecraft® in our AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory

Session 1: 11:00 a.m. - noon
Session 2: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
($5 additional fee, seating limits apply, appropriate for ages 8 and up)

  • Drive a Robotic Mars Rover

Sessions on the hour, starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m.
($5 additional fee, appropriate for ages 5 and up with adult participation)

  • Create an Edible Rover

11:00 a.m. -- 2:00 p.m.
($5 additional fee, appropriate for all ages)

The first 25 families admitted to the Discovery Center on June 27 will receive a free Heatsheets® space blanket.

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region's only space, science and technology attraction, and is located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive in Colorado Springs, just off of Garden of the Gods Road. For admission fees and other information, visit, or call the Space Foundation at 719.576.8000.

The Space Foundation World Headquarters and Discovery Center will be closed July 3-4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.