• Museum Hosts Viewing Party for NASA Mars Rover Landing Aug. 5

Museum Hosts Viewing Party for NASA Mars Rover Landing Aug. 5

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

 

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Museum Hosts Viewing Party  

for NASA Mars Rover Landing Aug. 5

Sunday eventing MarsFest 2012 offers Mars exploration experts,  

family activities and big-screen viewing of the "seven minutes of terror" 

 

NASA reneering of Mars rover. SEATTLE, July 24, 201--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.

 

SCHEDULE

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.

Link up with NASA live feed.

 

Access the NASA video, "Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror," online at:

www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.cfm?id=1090

 

For more information about the Mars Science Laboratory:

www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/details.cfm?id=5918

 

For more information about The Planetary Society Planetfest 2012:

www.planetary.org/get-involved/events/planetfest-2012/

 

Image: Artist rendering of rover Curiousity on Mars. NASA image.

 

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The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Airpark includes outdoor displays with the first jet Air Force One, a Concorde airliner, and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The Museum aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The Education Office offers weekend family programs, programs for students and educators, and overnight camps for children. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site.

 

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit museumofflight.org.

Mike Bush 

Director of Marketing
and Public Relations
253.307.3225

Ted Huetter
Public Relations
and Promotions Manager
206.437.7584

 

 

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Museum Hosts Viewing Party  

for NASA Mars Rover Landing Aug. 5

Sunday eventing MarsFest 2012 offers Mars exploration experts,  

family activities and big-screen viewing of the "seven minutes of terror" 

 

 

NASA reneering of Mars rover. SEATTLE, July 24, 201--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.

 

SCHEDULE

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.

Link up with NASA live feed.

 

Access the NASA video, "Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror," online at:

www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.cfm?id=1090

 

For more information about the Mars Science Laboratory:

www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/details.cfm?id=5918

 

For more information about The Planetary Society Planetfest 2012:

www.planetary.org/get-involved/events/planetfest-2012/

 

Image: Artist rendering of rover Curiousity on Mars. NASA image.

 

Museum of Flight News Releases

Access this and all other Museum of Flight news releases online at:  

www.museumofflight.org/press/archives

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The non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest independent air and space museums in the world. The Museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air- and spacecraft, as well as the William E. Boeing Red Barn® -- the original manufacturing facility of the Boeing Co. The Airpark includes outdoor displays with the first jet Air Force One, a Concorde airliner, and the first Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The Museum aeronautical library and archival holdings are the largest on the West Coast. The Education Office offers weekend family programs, programs for students and educators, and overnight camps for children. McCormick & Schmick's Wings Café is on site.

 

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit museumofflight.org.

Mike Bush 

Director of Marketing
and Public Relations
253.307.3225

Ted Huetter
Public Relations
and Promotions Manager
206.437.7584