• MarsFest 2012: Mars Science Laboratory Landing Party

MarsFest 2012: Mars Science Laboratory Landing Party

Sunday, August 5, 2012 -
6:30pm to 11:30pm
Special Event
William M. Allen Theater

Admission is Free - no ticket required!

NASA's latest Mars rover, the Mars Science Laboratory named Curiosity, is scheduled to land on Mars at approximately 10:30 p.m. PDT on the evening of Aug. 5 Earth time. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum, MarsFest 2012, is a free landing party that allows the public to share the experience of NASA's most ambitious Mars mission with some of the people who helped make it happen. The evening will include Mars-related family activities and games, Mars exploration and spaceflight engineer speakers, and a live link-up with The Planetary Society's Planetfest 2012 in Pasadena, Calif., starring Bill Nye.

Topping the evening is big-screen, live NASA TV coverage of the spacecraft's final approach to the surface of the planet, when it undergoes such complicated, must-make-it maneuvers that NASA spaceflight controllers have dubbed the descent as "the seven minutes of terror." MarsFest 2012 will end at about 11:30 p.m., depending upon the NASA broadcast's updates.


6:30 to 7:10 p.m.

Webstream of the Bill Nye Show from the Planetary Society's Planetfest at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, Calif.

7:10 to 7:30 p.m.

"7 Minutes of Terror" and other Mars videos.

7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

"All-star" line-up of Mars and space travel experts, including five former NASA Mars Science Laboratory engineers and managers, now with the asteroid mining company, Planetary Resources; a manager from the Mars Science Laboratory rocket supplier, Aerojet; and the Dept. Chair for the University of Washinton School of Earth and Space Science.

9:00 to 11:30 p.m.

**Please note: Due to the Blue Angels / Need for Speed weekend activities, parking will be unavailable or limited in our main lots. Please see our visit/directions page for alternate free parking.

Link up with NASA live feed.