Note: Free with museum admission—and it's always free for Daytime members (10 a.m.–5 p.m.), After Dark members (6–10 p.m.), and donors. Just bring your membership card and ID. The Tactile Dome is currently closed.
While NASA’s Perseverance rover is hard at work exploring Mars hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a full-scale, lifelike model finds a temporary home at the Exploratorium! Since landing on Mars on February 18, 2021, Perseverance has been hunting for signs of ancient microbial life in order to collect and store samples of Martian rock and sediment to be retrieved by planned future missions for closer study on Earth.
Nearly the size of a car, with its camera “head” rising high, Perseverance’s six-wheeled look-alike towers over most visitors, offering a close up look at this ingenious explorer that is transforming humans’ understanding of Mars. Surrounding the rover is an immersive audio experience, crafted from the rich audio that Perseverance has captured from its two onboard microphones. Be sure to check out the Bechtel Gallery 3 Wattis Studio to dig in deeper to Perseverance, previous rover missions, and visual experiences inspired by space.
Keep an eye out for a collection of out-of-this world programs featuring staff from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as well as local experts and tinkerers exploring Mars and more.
The Mars Perseverance Model is on loan from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as part of their Roving with Perseverance tour.
Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.
Upcoming Mars Events / Proximamente: eventos sobre Marte
¡Acompáñanos en un programa virtual para aprender sobre la sonda más reciente de la NASA a Marte! La Dra. Isabel Hawkins, astrónoma del Exploratorium, compartirá detalles de la sonda “Perseverancia,” los retos que enfrenta la NASA y lo que los científicos esperan aprender del planeta rojo.
Luego del exitoso aterrizaje, o “amartizaje”, del rover Perseverancia el 18 de febrero, nos pondremos al día con la astrónoma del Exploratorium Isabel Hawkins, quien nos actualizará con las últimas noticias de la sonda a Marte.
Inspired by (but not associated with) the ingenious engineering and problem-solving of NASA’s Mars missions, the Tinkering School Mars Mission team collaborated to build an educational, hands-on experience operating rovers in a simulated Martian lava tube.
NASA’s Perseverance rover has been hard at work exploring the Red Planet hundreds of millions of miles from our planet. Here on Earth you can experience a full-scale, lifelike model and some out-of-this world programs starting tonight.
Saturday, February 19, 2022 • 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 20, 2022 • 11:00 a.m.–Noon Daytime Members + Donors Only Noon–4:00 p.m. Open to the Public
Experience a full-scale, lifelike model of Perseverance; hear from Jet Propulsion Laboratory staff about the rover's findings and NASA’s Mars Exploration Program; and experience youth and artist-made projects and activities inspired by space exploration!
Saturday, April 30, 2022 • 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2022 • 11:00 a.m.–Noon Daytime Members + Donors Only Noon–4:00 p.m. Open to the Public
Don’t miss the last chance to learn more about how scientists are studying Mars, see a life-size model of the Mars Perseverance rover up close, learn about what's being found, and drive a mini rover inspired by Persy.