From January 16 through June 30, 2010 the Intrepid Museum, through a partnership with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA, is presenting an exhibition featuring a full-scale model of the Mars Rover. This exhibition will address the role of the USS Intrepid in the American space program and will include a number of exciting museum programs featuring scientists and engineers that are working on the next generation of Mars Rovers.
“Mission to Mars” features 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. The Mission to Mars exhibition will run through June 30, 2010 and is free with the price of admission to the museum.