Thursday, September 20, 2012

Mars and Stars Returns to OC Parks

This looks like a fun event for free at both the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Irvine Regional Park, especially given the Mars Science Laboratory Mission (Mars Curiosity Rover) is happening now!

Mars and Stars Returns to OC Parks 
OC Parks Welcomes Mars and Stars: Mars Science Laboratory Mission Series with Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

OC Parks welcomes back NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for a series of educational public programs showcasing the Mars Science Laboratory Mission. OC Parks will host two special JPL events at different parks in September.

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve will host the first event in the series on Saturday, September 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. JPL Lead Engineer, Ben Cichy, will deliver a special presentation for families at 6:30 p.m. and another designed for all ages to enjoy at 7:30 p.m. Kids' crafts and activities will be available throughout the event. Guests can enjoy hiking under the night sky and participate in stargazing with Astronomy 4 You.

On Saturday, September 29, Mars and Stars will visit Irvine Regional Park from 6 to 9 p.m. JPL Deputy Project Scientist from the Mars Science Laboratory Mission, Dr. Ashwin Vasavada, will deliver a special educational presentation and showcase the Curiosity rover. Kids' can enjoy crafts and an animal presentation courtesy of the OC Zoo. Astronomy 4 You will host stargazing.

Mars and Stars: Mars Science Laboratory Mission events are free and open to the public with reservations. The events are held outside so it is recommended to dress warmly. Join OC Parks and JPL for the perfect family adventures through the galaxy.

Mars Curiosity Rover

September 22 – 6 to 9 p.m. 
Mars Science Laboratory Mission – Engineers Perspective
Location: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Address: 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost: FREE
RSVP Required: (949) 923-2290, 

September 29 – 6 to 9 p.m.
Mars Science Laboratory Mission – Scientists Perspective
Location: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: FREE
RSVP Required: (714) 973-6835 or email

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