The many wonders of the Red Planet will be explored July 16, 2004 when the National Air and Space Museum celebrates Mars Day! with a host of activities at the museum’s flagship building on the National Mall in Washington and the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The annual Mars Day! festivities give the public a chance to learn the latest about our “next-door neighbor” from the staff of the museum’s Education Division, Space History Division and Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS).
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Exploring Space Lecture Series: “The 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers: Field Geologists on Mars.” National Air and Space Museum
In the spring of 2003, twin Mars Exploration Rovers will be launched to the ‘red planet,’ marking the start of a journey to return to Mars. The two rovers will bounce to a stop on Mars in January, 2004, and begin dual 90-day odysseys over the planet’s terrain. Equipped with numerous instruments, ranging from a stereo-mounted camera to a microscopic imager, the rovers will traverse the surface and serve as remote ‘field geologists.’ John Grant will discuss the mission and its science goals, and review the varied landing sites that await the intrepid rovers. This is the third lecture in this four-part series.