An exciting new event has launched at the Kennedy Space Center, and it’s out of this world! Summer of Mars is all about the Red Planet, and guests will be able to join in the celebration until 4th September. Not only will you be able to find out all about NASA’s journey to Mars, you’ll also be able to enjoy a host of new activities, meet real astronauts and even get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close to the Mars Rover concept vehicle!
If you didn’t already know, NASA’s goal is to send humans to Mars from the Kennedy Space Center, by the 2030s! This incredible ambition obviously takes a huge amount of planning, and if you’re visiting this summer, you’ll be able to get an inside look at the complex missions that lead up to a journey so big.
One of the things we’re most excited about, is the amazing opportunity to see the Mars Rover concept vehicle! This is the newest concept vehicle that has been specially designed to navigate the demanding landscape of Mars, and it could be what the next generation of space explorers travel in. The Rover is an impressive 28-feet-long, 14-feet-wide and 11-feet-tall, and has huge wheels that are designed to tackle dunes, rocks and craters with ease. You’ll be able to admire every detail up close, during this amazing special event.
The Rover is much more than just a vehicle though, it’s also a working laboratory, that includes navigation & communication systems and a life support system! It will be embarking on a tour of the USA from mid-July, so if you’re visiting soon, make sure you don’t miss this fantastic chance to see it for yourself.
You’ll also be able to meet veteran NASA astronauts and attend one-of-a-kind Mars presentations, led by your space heroes. When planning your visit, it’s a good idea to check the schedule first, so that you don’t miss out on any special appearances. There are a range of exciting activities that guests can experience free of charge during the Summer of Mars. Here are a few of the amazing things you can expect…
Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted:
If you’ve always been fascinated by the possibility of exploring Mars, you won’t want to miss this live presentation. Here, you’ll learn all about NASA’s plans to explore deep space, including asteroids, Mars and the Moon. You’ll even get an inside look at what’s happening in Mars right now! Think you know everything there is to know? Test your knowledge with a series of interactive games and simulators.
Journey to Space 3D:
If you’ve never been to an IMAX theatre you’ll absolutely love it. The crystal-clear pictures and stunning imagery tell the story of NASA’s journey to space. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart, the short movie features exclusive interviews with astronauts to discuss past accomplishments, current projects and plans for the future.
Eyes on the Red Planet:
This new presentation allows you to view Mars in 3D 4K (ultra HD) through the eyes of Hubble Space Telescope. Discover the dramatic past of the Red Planet, and see exactly how NASA are preparing for future human exploration projects.
Science on a Sphere: Red and Blue:
This breath-taking 6-foot illuminated globe, lets you view Earth just like an astronaut would. The new exhibition launched especially for Summer of Mars, compares the similarities and differences between the Red Planet and Planet Earth.
Cosmic Quest is a fun adventure that the whole family can enjoy. By working alongside Robonaut, you can complete different missions to see if you’ve got what it takes to become an astronaut. You’ll be able to build your own Mars habitat, in the world’s only interactive game play experience that is based on real NASA science.
Before you leave, make sure you take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center and check out the launch pads. This is where the space shuttles will blast off into Mars in the future, and a visit to the KSC isn’t complete until you’ve been here. Did you know, you can also watch live rocket launches and meet real NASA astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center?
Ready to start exploring? Click here, to view our Kennedy Space Center tickets.
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