COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 2, 2017) – The mission began Nov. 26, 2011, when the Curiosity rover was launched from Earth on a nine-month journey to the red planet. After a daring landing on Aug. 5, 2012, the rover was safely on Mars, ready to explore. Curiosity is well known for inspiring today’s youth with its personable social media presence and ability to take “selfie” photos.
To celebrate the fifth year of Curiosity landing on Mars, the Space Foundation Discovery Center is throwing the rover a birthday party on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. The day will feature several STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) activities and a social media selfie giveaway.
- Make an edible rover
- Curiosity Challenge: Can you do what Curiosity does?
- Martian rover races
- Sign a giant birthday card for Curiosity
The #CuriosityBirthdaySelfie Giveaway began on July 5, 2017, and features a prize package valued at over $100, filled with Martian goodies. See the giveaway prizes, and the full Terms and Conditions, here. All activities are included in regular Discovery Center admission.
Curiosity’s 5th Birthday Party is part of the Discovery Center’s Summer of Discovery programming. The theme for summer 2017 has been Space Food: Our Future Food Source, and will wrap up on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, with the Harvest Festival. The summer began with a vote of which crop we would grow in our hydroponics system, and lettuce was the winner chosen by our visiotrs. The lettuce will be harvested, and a taste test will be available for guests to the Discovery Center that day.
About the Discovery Center
Located only five minutes from Garden of the Gods Park, at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation Discovery Center is the Pikes Peak region's only public space, science and technology center. Military discounts are available. For hours, pricing and other information, please visit www.discoverspace.org, or call the Space Foundation Discovery Center at 719.576.8000.
About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the world's premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston, Los Angeles and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites -- www.SpaceFoundation.org and www.DiscoverSpace.org -- and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.
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Space Foundation Contact:
Colleen Parith, Coordinator - Social Media & Public Relations