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Carnegie Science Center holds a Mars Weekend Celebration on May 12-13


PITTSBURGH, PA,— Carnegie Science Center is hosting an out-of-this world celebration during Mars Weekend on May 12 and 13. “Was there ever life on Mars?” Visitors will decide for themselves with Carnegie Science Center’s premier of two new shows, A Traveler’s Guide to Mars in the Buhl Digital Dome and Roving Mars in IMAX® as well as offer a variety of hands-on adventures like stomp rockets, Mars soil activities, drivable Mars rovers, and much more.

Carnegie Science Center kicks off Mars Weekend on Saturday, May 12 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and proclamation from the Mayor of Mars, PA at 11 am. Special activities will be offered from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. Each day will feature a talk with internationally-recognized astronomer, Dr. William K. Hartmann as he takes visitors on a dazzling voyage of the solar system. Carnegie Mellon University will provide an opportunity for visitors to drive Mars rovers on a simulated Martian surface. In addition, visitors will be able to make Mars soil, sundials, and craters; examine real meteorites; and partake in egg drops, solar observing, and rocket launches.

The new planetarium show, A Traveler’s Guide to Mars, is the first show in the new high-definition Buhl Digital Dome to be developed by Buhl Planetarium staff in collaboration with scientist, and accomplished author and artist, Dr. William K. Hartmann. Buhl Planetarium’s programs are currently shown in 400 planetariums in 18 countries and translated into 15 languages. This 20-minute immersive program provides audience members with a guided tour of the Martian surface, just as if they were fellow astronauts exploring the red planet. This show takes advantage of the planetarium’s awesome capabilities of combining video, computer graphics and animation to present realistic-looking scenes of the surface of Mars – including astronauts exploring the Martian surface.

Exploration of the mysterious red planet continues with the new IMAX® film, Roving Mars. Moviegoers will experience an exciting adventure that follows two of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers—Spirit and Opportunity—as they journey on their scientific quest to the surface of Mars. Audiences will see the spectacular landscape and rugged terrain through images shot by the Rovers. This film details the development of Spirit and Opportunity from their assembly through their fantastic discoveries, discoveries that have set the pace for a whole new era of Mars investigation: from the search for habitants to the search for past or present life… and maybe even to human exploration one day. Roving Mars opens in the Rangos Omnimax Theater on May 12 and runs through spring 2008.


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