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Mission: Mars Exhibition Opens at Science Center
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 22, 2015 - Mission: Mars is an interactive exhibition designed to immerse visitors in the exploration of Mars in the current day and in the future.
Developed by the Saint Louis Science Center in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA's Johnson Space Center, this unique exhibition will engage visitors in two separate but connected locations within the facility.
"We are living in an incredible time with the exploration of Mars, and want to give our visitors the chance to experience the technology behind this exploration first-hand through Mission: Mars," said Christian Greer, chief education and programs officer for the Saint Louis Science Center.
"Through this immersive exhibit, visitors will be able to engage in the exploration of Mars by actually learning how to program rovers that are modeled like the real rovers that are on the planet right now. We hope this one-of-a-kind exhibit ignites curiosity and inspires our younger visitors to continue to support and participate in space exploration," stated Greer.
Guests have two portions of the exhibit to choose from to begin their Mars experience. In the Saint Louis Science Center's main building (located at 5050 Oakland), guests can engage with one area of the exhibit, named Mission: Mars - Control. In this portion of the exhibit, guests experience current day exploration operations by assuming the role of an engineer at a NASA Engineering Lab, designing and building a robotic rover to explore Mars. They will have the opportunity to program a rover and experience the challenges of driving it in a simulated time delay, while seeing the planet from the perspective of a rover.
The second portion of the exhibit in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium is called Mission Mars - Base, and is resembles a realistic work environment on Mars in the year 2076. Taking on the role of an astronaut living on Mars, visitors will be able to perform science operations at key locations on the planet, using a rover much like the one used on Mars now.
Two rovers were specially designed for this exhibit, and were named Intrepid and Adventure, names that were selected by the public through an online poll.
The St. Louis Science Center is located just south of Forest Park. The facility is connected to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park via a walkway across Highway 64. Visitors can enjoy numerous interactive exhibits and educational programs in a space station environment.
Boeing Hall, a new 13,000-square-foot exhibition addition to the Saint Louis Science Center, provides a needed venue to better accommodate traveling exhibitions, and provide space to house unique educational activities on a distinctive, green rooftop terrace.
Visitors will experience the simulation of a space launch as they are transported via the 'StarShuttle' (elevator) to the facility's two upper levels, collectively called the Boeing Space Station. In the SkyBay, over 9,000 twinkling stars and glowing planets can be seen slowly moving across the new 80 sq. ft. dome.
Monday - Thursday & Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(Planetarium closes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday)
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There is no admission fee to the Science Center. However, there is a nominal charge for shows in the OMNIMAX® Theater, the Planetarium and some traveling exhibitions in the Exploradome. For more information, call 314-289-4400 or 1-800-456-7572.
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