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Mars Invades the Space Foundation Discovery Center this Saturday; Buy One, Get One Free Child’s Admission July 11 Only

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 6, 2015) – The Space Foundation Discovery Center is taking a summer space-cation, with “Next Stop Mars,” the second of four themed Summer of Discovery programs. Saturday, July 11, will be the last chance to experience Mars-themed hands-on activities and presentations. Take advantage of a special admission offer, only on July 11, buy one child’s admission, get one child’s admission free.

Doors will open at 10:00 a.m., and you’ll want to arrive early for our free Heatsheets® space blanket giveaway, while supplies last.

Various demonstrations will be available throughout the day, suitable for future astronauts with Mars in their sights. Children will love making edible Mars rovers out of candy, and there’s plenty to interest adults, too, at the Discovery Center. Science on a Sphere® presentations will be running throughout the day, showing the landing of the Mars Curiosity. The Mars Robotic Laboratory opens at 11:00 a.m., challenging guests to complete a Mars mission.

Additional fee activities on July 11 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 Mars Rover

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
($5 additional fee, appropriate for all ages with adult supervision)

Special Presentations by:

  • Cool Science®
  • Coronado and Palmer High School FIRST Robotics Team 2996
  • Viking Mars Lander Preservation Society

A new Space-cation theme starts on Monday, July 13, with “Exploring Our Universe,” 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through July 25. Pay the daily Discovery Center admission fee, or purchase a Discovery Passport for the entire family for year-round free admission and Discovery Center Store discounts.

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.

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.