PALMDALE – Three days before the highly anticipated landing of NASA’s “Curiosity” rover on Mars, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center will host a Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) exhibit at the AERO Institute in the Palmdale Civic Center.
The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 2, in conjunction with the City of Palmdale’s weekly Thursday Nights on the Square (TNOTS) festival in Poncitlan Square.
Dryden’s MSL event will highlight the scheduled Mars landing of Curiosity on the evening of Aug. 5.
Dr. Kelly Fast, Mars program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., will give three 20-minute-long presentations on the MSL landing and science mission at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
Along with the presentations, MSL rover hardware and graphics will be on display, along with educational materials about the mission.
For more on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory, visit the NASA website.
This week’s TNOTS will also feature a Candy Carnival, kids can try their hand at the lollipop ring toss, gumdrop tic tac toe and the gumball challenge. Kids can win tickets at every game and turn them in for prizes. TNOTS will feature country music by Tombstone.