Mars is back in the news with the much anticipated arrival of NASA’s “Curiosity” rover, set to land on the red planet on August 5. Beginning July 28, “Dateline: Mars” is a special limited-run program at the Clark Planetarium designed to dramatically illustrate this new mission and why Mars continues to capture the public imagination.
“Dateline: Mars” is an original production of the Clark Planetarium, utilizing a combination of live presentation and updating images to highlight the discoveries at Mars as they happen. Curiosity, also known as the Mars Science Laboratory, is designed to roll across the Martian surface for two years taking pictures, searching for water and testing the chemical composition of the land. It is landing in a large crater called “Gale” so it can hopefully find clues to whether Mars ever harbored life (or still does!). New images combined with high definition 3-D computer animations will give the public a look at the Curiosity mission and other exciting missions currently underway.
“We now have the ability to display new events and discoveries within a day of their release,” says Mike Murray, Programs Manager for the Hansen Dome Theatre. “Each show changes as the latest images and video come down from over a hundred million miles away, both from orbit and the ruddy surface of Mars.”
“Dateline: Mars” will be offered from July 28 to August 11 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights at 6:45 p.m. in the Hansen Dome Theatre (taking the place of our usual “Night Vision” show).