A minimum $5 contribution will be requested at the door.
Be advised, your RSVP here does not guarantee you a seat at this event.
The Mars Science Laboratory better know as the Curiosity Rover is scheduled to touchdown on the Red Planet early on the morning Monday, August 6 and you are invited join our celebration beginning Sunday evening.
We will be providing a variety of snacks and refreshments, while supplies last, of course. Please feel free to attend whatever parts of the program appeal to you.
The most up-to-date information can be found at Mars Landing Party, a website created especially for this event.
Doors to the Hodges Room open.
Speaker program begins. Five presentations are slated, each lasting about 45 minutes with a brief question-and-answer session.
- In the Beginning: The origin of life on Earth and elsewhere
- The future of outer solar system exploration lies with JUICE (JUpiter ICy-moon Explorer)
- The Moon and Mercury: Water, water everywhere?
- Mars exploration from the 17th century through tonight
- The Mars Curiosity Rover - Assessing the conditions for life on the Red Planet
We cut over to live NASA/JPL coverage of the descent and landing and go into full-fledged party mode.
Earliest reports of the MSL landing arrive at JPL.
We close up shop and head home to go to bed.
Because of the day of week and time of day for the party, there should be some parking spaces available on Fifth Street. In addition, there is a parking deck adjacent to the Centergy Building which is accessed from Spring Street. It is open 24 hours may be unattended so be sure to have a credit card handy when you exit. Hourly rates can be found here. The maximum rate - 5 hours or longer - is $12.00. Party-goers are encouraged to carpool.