“MISSION TO MARS” – NEW EXHIBITION WITH A FULL-SCALE MODEL MARS ROVER – TO OPEN AT THE INTREPID
INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
West 46th Street and 12th Avenue at Hudson River Park
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“MISSION TO MARS” – NEW EXHIBITION WITH A
FULL-SCALE MODEL MARS ROVER –
TO OPEN AT THE INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
JANUARY 16, 2010
A full-scale model of the current Mars Rovers highlights the new exhibition, “Mission to Mars,” that will open on Saturday, January 16th at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located at Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue) in Manhattan.
“Mission to Mars” presents a timeline of the American space program from President John F. Kennedy’s race to the moon speech to the current Rovers on Mars, and even introduces the next Mars probe, Curiosity, which will launch in March 2011. Special emphasis will be placed on the role that the USS Intrepid played while acting as a space capsule recovery ship for the Mercury 7 and Gemini 3 NASA missions.
On weekends, museum educators will lead interactive, multimedia demonstrations where visitors can touch objects that include Rover artifacts, a piece of a solar panel and parachute material while videos and robotics demonstrations illustrate how Rover operates in space.
“Mission to Mars” is presented by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Mars Public Engagement Project of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology and NASA.
The exhibition will run through June 30, 2010 and is free with the price of admission to the museum. For more information, visit www.intrepidmuseum.org.
DATE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
PLACE: INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM, PIER 86 (46TH STREET AND 12TH AVENUE), MANHATTAN
About the Museum
The newly renovated Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum complex includes the 900-foot-long aircraft carrier ‘Intrepid’ with seven full decks and four theme halls; the guided missile submarine Growler; and an extensive collection of over 30 aircraft including the A-12 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft in the world. Guests can experience newly opened areas of the ship including the fo’c’sle (commonly known as the anchor chain room), new multimedia presentations and exhibit collections, interactive educational stations and a brand new state-of-the-art public pier.
Also new to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is the 12,240 square-foot interactive Exploreum – which contains 18 different hands-on exhibits – that teaches guests about the different properties of the sea, air, space and living at sea as each relates to the ship Intrepid. In the Exploreum, guests can experience a flight simulator, climb a cargo net, transmit messages using Morse code, crawl through living quarters of crewmembers, learn how the Intrepid turned salt water into fresh water and perform various tasks while wearing space gloves.
Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cost of Admission:
Seniors and College Students: $18.00
Youth 3-17 and Veterans: $17.00
Active Military, Retired Military and Children Under 3: Free
All tickets are subject to a $2.00 facility fee.
Tickets are available for purchase on the Intrepid’s website, www.intrepidmuseum.org
Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue), Manhattan
Directions by NYC Metro Bus
Take cross-town buses west. M34 (34th Sts), M42 (42nd St.) or M-50 (49th St.) to 12th Ave. and Hudson River. Intrepid is a short walk North from the M34 and M42. The M50 drops off immediately in front of the Intrepid.
Directions by NYC Metro Subway
Take the A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3, 7, or 9 train to 42nd St., then walk or take the M-42 West Bus to Hudson River (12th Ave). Walk North to Intrepid.
Directions from Water
Take New York Water Taxi to Pier 84 and walk a block north to the Intrepid Museum. Or from New Jersey take the New York Waterway to Midtown (38th Street) and walk north on 12th Ave to the museum.