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MarsQuest
MarsQuest: Soda Can on Mars
MarsQuest: Soda Can on Mars
Photo by Skip Peterson
We are living in an extraordinary era of Mars Exploration. Several missions have already profoundly changed our perceptions of the Red Planet. In this decade, NASA, Japan, and the European Space Agency will continue to send spacecraft armed with a variety of instruments to explore Mars.

With enthusiasm and interest in Mars at an all-time high, ASTC is pleased to offer this second tour of MarsQuest. This exhibition brings a new age of exploration to the public by taking them to several important destinations on Mars. Along the way, interactive exhibit components introduce visitors to the methods that scientists use to explore Mars and provide an engaging context for the many discoveries that are being made.

Additional support from the National Science Foundation has allowed the MarsQuest development team, led by the Space Science Institute (SSI), to reassess each exhibit component for effectiveness and ease of maintenance, ensure that all components are in excellent condition, and—most importantly—add several new components. These include an enhanced area on the Search for Life, a Mars Weather Station, a slice of a Mars meteorite that can be viewed through a polarizing microscope, and a full-scale model of a Mars Exploration Rover on loan from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Like sightseers in a national park on Earth, visitors to MarsQuest see some of the wonders of Mars, such as the solar system's largest volcano and a canyon as long as the continental United States. Along the way, interactive exhibit components introduce visitors to tools scientists use to explore Mars and some of their most recent discoveries. This exhibition was developed by the Space Science Institute with funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA.

Sixteen interactive displays and seven computer stations allow visitors to:

  • See a piece of a real Mars rock and learn how it was discovered on Earth;
  • Create a swirling dust devil like the ones that are observed on Mars;
  • Operate a model rover just like a NASA scientist;
  • Learn about weather conditions on Mars;
  • Find out about the latest discoveries from NASA's orbiting spacecraft and landers;
  • Compare the temperatures and gravitational forces of Earth and Mars;
    and much more.

Educational materials and programs include:
Educator guide and docent guide
Informal Science Knowledge Database MarsQuest Online

An optional 40-minute planetarium show narrated by Patrick Stewart is available from Loch Ness Productions.

MarsQuest: Entry Panel
MarsQuest: Entry Panel
Photo courtesy Space Science Institute

Requirements Cost Shipping
4,500-5,000 square feet

12-foot ceilings

One interpretive staff person during open hours

Technical support

$75,000 member;
$80,000 nonmember
for a 12-week booking

Three vans

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