***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN SOLD OUT***
Thought this also might be of interest to some of you. Please only RSVP "Yes" (just so other heathens know how many will be attending). Feel free to talk amongst yourselves to organize for dinner before or drinks after. This is not a formal meetup, just another something cool and fun. This one is likely to go past midnight (the actual landing is tenatively set for 11:30pm) so be sure and schedule a nap for yourselves:
Sunday, August 5
$8 member, $10 nonmember, $5 child (ages 3-12)
In another historic moment in space exploration, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is preparing to land the "mega-rover" Curiosity, the largest and most advanced mobile laboratory ever to operate on the surface of another planet. The spacecraft was launched in November 2011, and will arrive at Mars on August 5 around 11:30 p.m. MDT. Curiosity's assignment: assess whether the landing area has ever had or still has environmental conditions favorable to supporting microbial life and search for clues in the rocks about possible past life. Join the Museum's Mars scientist Steve Lee and other local experts to learn about this ambitious mission and what's in store for the new rover, look over the shoulders of mission controllers during live NASA TV coverage of the landing, and maybe even see Curiosity's first views of its new home on the Red Planet.