Mars has fascinated humanity since our earliest ancestors first turned their eyes to the sky, and tonight, NASA’s latest and greatest probe touches down on the surface of the red planet. Observe this milestone tonight at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Curiosity Landing Event, where space scientists and engineers will guide you through everything from the local connections to this latest Mars mission to what it’s like to be a part of the mission itself.
As the lander touches down, you’ll get insight into its two-year mission, as well as the chance to ask the experts questions. If everything goes right, you’ll be among the first humans to see its images as they’re beamed back, and no matter what, you get to take part in history as it happens.
“I absolutely remember where I was when Apollo 11 landed, and this has the potential to be one of those memories, of where [you] were when they had this major mission land on Mars,” says museum planetary science curator Steve Lee.
The event starts at 8 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard. Tickets are $10, $8 for DMNS members, and $5 for kids ages three to twelve. For more information, visit www.dmns.org or call 303-370-6000.
Sun., Aug. 5, 8 p.m., 2012