The Mars Science Laboratory
The MSL Curiosity rover will spend 23 months after landing gathering samples of rocks and soil. Curiosity is equipped with equipment to drill through rocks, and instruments to collect samples and distribute to onboard test chambers. Curiosity’s goal is to assess whether Mars ever had, or does still have today, an environment capable of supporting microbial life and habitability.
Curiosity is scheduled to land at approximately 1:31 a.m. EDT on August 6. To celebrate this historic occasion, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will host a weekend of Mars-themed activities, exhibits and presentations!
NASA- LEGO® “Build the Future” Event
From August 3 – August 5, children of all ages are invited to the LEGO® Build the Future play area in the IMAX Theater Hubble Gallery. Guests will join NASA, LEGO® designers and 800,000 LEGO® bricks to help build their vision of the future out of LEGO® bricks. Guests will be admitted to the play area for 45 minutes. For a glimpse at other NASA-related LEGO® activities, visit http://www.legospace.com/.
Schedule: Aug. 3 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 4 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Aug. 5 – 11 to 7 p.m. Visitor volume is generally lowest when the event opens, so guests are encouraged to sign up for the earliest times possible. This event is done through the partnership between NASA and LEGO®.
Special Mars Exhibits
Learn about “The 7 Minutes of Terror” during which the Mars Curiosity Rover will go from over 13,000 mph to a gentle landing (by sky crane) on the surface of the red planet in the Gale crater. The following Mars-themed exhibits will be available for all KSCVC guests during park hours from August 3 through August 5.
“Drive the Rovers” in Exploration Space
MSL tactile images display for visually impaired guests in Exploration Space
Launch Services Program display in Main Entrance
12:30 p.m. First-ever multi-NASA center simulcast, featuring MSL subject matter experts, Debus Conference Center
12 p.m. in Exploration Space, Jim Adams, NASA’s Deputy Chief Technologist, “How to Land on Mars”
5 p.m. in IMAX, Jim Adams, NASA’s Deputy Chief Technologist, “How to Land on Mars”
3 p.m. in Astronaut Encounter, Jim Adams, NASA’s Deputy Chief Technologist, “Post-Landing Briefing”