Santa Maria, Calif. – Nov. 14, 2018 – Central Coast families can witness history in the making at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum’s Mars InSight landing party on Monday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NASA’s latest mission to Mars—InSight—is expected to land on the Red Planet at 11:45 a.m., and the Discovery Museum staff will be airing it live on the Vandenberg Launch Experience 90” screen. In addition to the viewing, children can build a mini lander, learn about shock absorption with a fun Jell-O experiment, and understand the InSight’s mission better by interacting with a hands-on seismograph.
“Thanks to our educational partnership with Vandenberg Air Force Base, we’re able to offer our community a front-row seat to the exciting world of space exploration,” Program Director Amy Blasco said. “We’re looking forward to witnessing aerospace history with our patrons!”
According to NASA, InSight is the first mission dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars. The lander will use a robotic arm to place a seismometer directly on the surface of the Red Planet and probe up to 16 feet under the Martian surface to detect and monitor Marsquakes.
By comparing the interiors of Mars and Earth, InSight’s team members hope to better understand our solar system. What they learn might even aid the search for Earthlike exoplanets, narrowing down which ones can support life!
Located at 705 S. McClelland Street, the Discovery Museum is fun for all ages, with 13,000 square feet of “please touch” exhibits, weekly programs, and events that explore ourselves, our valley, our world and beyond. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Discover the power of play at the only children’s museum in Santa Barbara County!
For more information, visit www.smvdiscoverymuseum.org or call (805) 928-8414.