Summer of Mars | June 5, 2017 - September 4, 2017Jun 05, 2017 - Sep 04, 2017 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
SUMMER OF MARS AT THE VISITOR COMPLEX
Explore NASA’s past, present and bold future of Mars exploration at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex during Summer of Mars. NASA’s goal is to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s, launching from Kennedy Space Center. By visiting this summer, guests will learn about the missions that lead to this next giant leap, and the plan for the upcoming years. Summer of Mars is the insider track to NASA’s Journey to Mars.
MARS ROVER CONCEPT VEHICLE
Meet the newest concept vehicle designed for navigating the demanding landscape of Mars. Based on NASA science, the next generation of space explorers could be traveling and working in a high-tech mobile laboratory similar to this rover vehicle.
The rover vehicle is an impressive size with its mobile lab, and has massive wheels designed to travel over dunes, rocks and craters. Though the rover vehicle's permanent home is Kennedy Space Center, a tour of east coast cities is planned for July and August. The rover vehicle rolled out of the visitor complex June 30 to make tour stops including:
- Atlanta, GA, Sun Trust Park, July 14 - 16
- Washington, D.C., National Air & Space Museum, July 21 - 22
- Jersey City, NJ, Liberty Science Center, July 29 - 30
- New York, NY, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, August 3 - 6
- Alpharetta, Georgia, North Point Mall, August 12
Once the tour concludes, the rover vehicle will be welcomed home in late August. Visitors can get up close to this extraordinary machine that was commissioned by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. NASA approved the rover vehicle design, but no U.S. tax dollars were used to fund the building of this vehicle.
Help us #NameTheRover! Submit your favorite rover name on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #NameTheRover by August 6. We'll choose some finalists and then vote for the name in time for the rover vehicle homecoming to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in mid-August.
THE FIRST GENERATION ON MARS
Mars Needs You! The visitor complex invites the next generation of space explorers to Join the Journey with complimentary admission for all students entering the 5th grade in fall 2017. Identified as the generation that will first step foot on Mars, rising 5th graders find an inspiring adventure during a fun and enriching vacation to the visitor complex.
Download your Boarding Pass to Mars and click for more details.
MARS ATTRACTIONS AND SHOWS
- Lockheed Martin's Mars Experience Bus Take a seat and tour Mars using real NASA imagery that allows visitors to explore 200 square miles of the Martian surface, all from the inside of a standard-sized school bus.
- Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted
Learn about what it takes to travel to Mars during this live presentation. Also, meet the robotic explorers that have been studying Mars for more than 40 years, and test your savvy with interactive simulators.
- Journey to Space 3D
Journey To Space gives an overview of NASA’s past space accomplishments, current activities and future plans, including the Journey to Mars.
- Cosmic Quest
Cosmic Quest is an interactive game play experience where trainees engage with real NASA missions, including building a Mars habitat. Available as an add-on experience.
- Eyes on the Red Planet
View Mars in 3D 4K resolution through the eyes of Hubble Space Telescope.
- Science on a Sphere®: Red and Blue
Explore Mars on a brilliantly illuminated 6-foot globe and observe how it compares to our blue planet, Earth.
- Mission Status Briefings
Discover what NASA is doing today to prepare for the Journey to Mars.
Guests will also see the launch pads where humans will once again launch into space, and learn about the spacecraft developed to explore deep space for NASA's Space Launch System in NASA Now. You may even see a rocket launch while you are here!
CELEBRATING MARS EXPLORATION
Summer of Mars celebrates significant Mars exploration anniversaries in 2017:
- July 4 – Mars Pathfinder Landing with Sojourner Rover 20th Anniversary – Learn More
- August 4 – Mars Phoenix Lander Launch 10th Anniversary – Learn More
- August 5 – Mars Science Laboratory with Curiosity Rover Landing 5th Anniversary – Learn More
- September 12 – Mars Global Surveyor Orbital Insertion 20th Anniversary – Learn More
Visit Summer of Mars for kids activities, educator resources, quick facts, and Mars poster downloads!