Austin Planetarium – Landing Party

Sunday August 5th: Mars Landing Party – Austin Texas

On Sunday August 5th we Landed on Mars! Many joined us at ND Studios to witness another historic leap for mankind! We  celebrated the landing of NASA’s Curiosity Rover live! We had children’s activities in the afternoon and a great party with live music and speakers in the evening. And all this for free!

“Get Curious” with us and celebrated NASA’s current mission to Mars. The rover, Curiosity, landed at 12:31 am (Sunday night, August 5/Monday morning, August 6). Partnering with the “Get Curious” campaign two landing parties funded by NASA at ND Studios at 501 N. IH-35 were hosted. We had split up the event in two separate parties: one family friendly with science activities, including our mobile planetarium, for the kids. The second event was more adult oriented, but all ages, with live music, speakers and of course the landing LIVE! Food and drinks were available for sale. The details:

4:00 pm-8:00 pm

The Austin Planetarium sponsored the first party located at ND Studios at 501 N. IH-35.  Commemorating the event for children with exciting and educational activities from the Austin Planetarium and other non profits and organizations, like Texas Space Grant Consortium that hosted “Mars Bingo”. A robotic replica of the Curiosity Rover was on hand.  Of course there were some free snacks (real astronaut ice cream) and drinks. Austin Planetarium’s Discovery Dome, our mobile planetarium, and our Magic Planet were set up as well! Colorful, inflatable aliens, real astronaut ice cream and other goodies were available for purchase.

9:00 pm – 1:00 am

At 9, Explore Mars and Phillips & Company took over hosting duties and they switched gears and the party begun! We had science speakers, live feeds from NASA updating us on the status of the lander (including the landing LIVE at 12:30 am) and had live music by the awesome band: “Jean Claude Van Jamme”. ND’s restaurant Tamale Molly served up its namesake and the ND bar offered adult beverages for sale. You brought your friends, celebrating this Martian Mile Stone with us (how long is a Martian Mile anyway?), the event was for all-ages, free and parking was nearby!

Curiosity Landing Party - Austin

Explore Mars, Phillips & Company and the Austin Planetarium hsoted an all day all night Curiosity Party at ND Studios

 

Daily Briefing

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Pre-Landing Poll

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