Friday, August 6, 2010

Mars Rover Exhibit is Now at the Discovery Science Museum!

Do you have a budding astronaut in your house?  If you answered yes to that question, you need to run, not walk to over to the Discovery Science Museum in Santa Ana!  

A replica model of the Mars Rover, Curiosity is now on display there.  Built by JPL, the Curiosity is the next vehicle to be exploring Mars.  The new exhibit at the Discovery Science Museum, NASA Explores the Universe actually has the replica of Curiosity rotating in front of a mural of Mars.

There are four interactive stations for your little astronaut to explore where they can learn about parts, tools, wheels of Curiosity.  Kids can also look at sample Mars rocks through telescopes and much more.

Fun facts about curiosity:
Curiosity is the next Mars rover, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2011. When completed, the Curiosity will have a length of 9 feet (2.7 m) and weigh 1,984 pounds (900 kg) including 176 pounds (80 kg) of scientific instruments. It will be the same size as a Mini Cooper automobile. This compares to the Mars Exploration Rovers which have a length of 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m) and weigh 384 pounds (174 kg) including 15 pounds (6.8 kg) of scientific instruments.
(above is the actual image from the Discovery Science Center and also the sketches from NASA/JPL)


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