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MarsFest at Home

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Rendering depicts the robotic rover in the desert-like landscape of Mars. Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
In preparation for the launch of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, join us for a day of live online events to celebrate the Red Planet.

10 am: Scientists at Home: Mars 2020 - Live Watch Party

Watch live on Facebook at 10 am EDT, or view on this page at the designated time. 

This summer, NASA is planning to launch the Mars 2020 mission and send the Perseverance rover to collect samples from the Red Planet's rocky surface in search of signs of ancient life.

Join a live session with Museum Curator Denton Ebel, chair of the Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences, to find out what to expect from the latest, long-awaited mission in NASA’s Mars Exploration Program—including how it may help advance human exploration of our neighboring planet.

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1 pm: Field Trip - Mars 2020

Watch live on YouTube at 1 pm EDT. Or view on this page at the designated time. (You may have to refresh your browser.)

As part of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, the Perseverance rover will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. What could this mission tell us about water and life on the Red Planet? 

Caltech professor and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist Bethany L. Ehlmann will lead us on a virtual field trip to the very locations that Perseverance is targeting to help answer these questions. Dr. Ehlmann will be joined by the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and scientists in the chat to answer your questions live.

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8 pm: Space Comedy Jam

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Tune in to a livestream comedy show celebrating all things space!

As part of MarsFest, a stellar lineup of comedians will perform stand-up and funny songs, as well as play space-related games with you, the audience... all from the comfort of your own home! 

The program features Marcia Belsky, Jay Jurden, and Pooja Reddy, and is hosted by Chris Duffy. Recommended for ages 18 and up.

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In 2020, the Museum is celebrating the legacy of Charles Hayden, whose vision made the Hayden Planetarium possible and brought the universe to New York City.