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After Dark: Mars - August 2, 2012

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June 15, 2012

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After Dark: Mars - August 2, 2012

After Dark: Mars
Thursday, August 2, 2012
6 pm — 10 pm

Image from Hubble telescopeIn homage to our longstanding cultural obsession with Mars, and the fantasies and technologies it inspires, the Exploratorium presents After Dark: Mars.  On Thursday evening, August 2, 2012, from 6 to 10 pm, the museum invites space enthusiasts 18 years and older to come dressed as their favorite alien life form, robot or inner extraterrestrial, and engage in a celebration of all things Martian!

Come and learn amazing facts about the red planet.  Hear Dr. Paul Doherty, Exploratorium staff physicist and discoverer of the Martian CO2 snowflake, describe Martian physics. You’ll find out how a Frisbee or baseball on Mars would fly, what the air might smell like, and what the atmosphere does to the colors in the landscape. Did you know that water boils at freezing temperatures on Mars?  The evening will also include guest speakers, including Princeton University's sociologist of science and technology, Janet Vertesi - as well as Mars-themed films and hands-on activities.

Visitors to After Dark: Mars will also get to check out the Exploratorium's Return to Mars exhibit, featuring the full scale model of the Curiosity rover, which is scheduled to arrive on Mars on Sunday, August 5, at 10:18 p.m., PDT.

This will be the last After Dark event to be held at the Exploratorium’s Palace of Fine Arts location.  In 2013, After Dark events will take place in the museum’s new home at Pier 15 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.

A live webcast is scheduled for After Dark: Mars Aug. 2 at 7:30 pm, as well as Aug. 5 at 10:15 p.m. to coincide with the Mars landing. Starting on Aug 7, webcasts are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1 pm to 1:30 pm through early Sept.  For more on the Exploratorium’s Return to Mars web cast series go to www.exploratorium.edu/mars.

After Dark is for adults 18 years and older, and is included with the general admission cost. After Dark programs are playful, unique and content-rich, addressing the science behind topics of adult interest from gambling, alcohol, fashion and sex to extreme sports and gaming. Not a theater, a cabaret, or a gallery, After Dark involves aspects of all three, with a mood unlike anything else in the city.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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