With exactly one month to go until the first NZ crew begin their 2 week expedition at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, Carter Observatory will host an evening of Mars exploration. Meet some of the crew, find out more about their mission and learn about the Red Planet. Bookings are essential!
Carter Observatory will also be our Mission Control for the duration of the expedition. It is and has been one of my favourite places on Earth! It has a 145 years old time machine called the Thomas Cooke telescope, amazing displays and lots of information about the stars in the Southern Hemisphere. A new digital planetarium projects some of the most inspirational movies about space and astronomy on a 360 dome and the staff is just awesome!

KiwiMars Mission Control will be located at Carter Observatory

From Monday 23 April to Sunday 6 May, Carter will host KiwiMars mission control in the library.

There will be:

  • regular updates from the crew
  • information handouts
  • short talks about the mission and about Mars during the day
  • interaction with the crew (details to be advised)
  • school groups

Keep an eye on this website and Carter's facebook page for details about Mission Control.


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