Built in Pasadena and headed for Mars, NASA’s Curiosity Rover has almost reached the red planet. On Sunday night, space nerds and hopeful humans everywhere will be glued to the screen awaiting word of the spacecraft’s fate. The $2.5 billion dollar craft will slow from 13,000 M.P.H. to zero in just seven minutes as it enters the Martian atmosphere and begins its search for signs of life. You can hold your breath and cheer along with them at these local events. But first, a word from William Shatner.
Bill Nye the Science Guy and Star Trek’s Robert Picardo join JPL director Charles Elachi in the countdown to Curiosity. Exhibits, presentations from private space entrepreneurs and a tribute to Ray Bradbury.
Griffith Observatory will be hosting three days of Mars events, including an All Space Considered lecture, a tribute to the late astronaut Sally Ride and a screening of Triumph of the Dream, a documentary about the Mars exploration program. NASA scientist Adrian Ponce will host Sunday’s live coverage.
Tickets: Free, non-ticketed event
Direct feed from JPL, guest speakers on Martian robotics, JPL graphic artists, “space tacos,” and booze in a futuristic venue.
This science and space museum sits only a few feet from where the space shuttle Columbia was built in Downey. There will be a live feed, loaner telescopes and kid-friendly speakers.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech