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Join Planetfest 2012 in Pasadena to Watch Historic Landing on Mars by NASA Curiosity Rover Aug. 4-5

Join Planetfest 2012 in Pasadena to Watch Historic Landing on Mars by NASA Curiosity Rover

 WATCH CURIOSITY’S MARS LANDING LIVE AT THE PASADENA CONVENTION CENTER 

PASADENA, Calif. – Celebrate the Curiosity Rover’s historic Mars landing at Planetfest 2012: Curiosity Knows No Bounds, August 4 – 5 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  

“We are honored to host this exciting, historic event,” said Pasadena Center Operating Company CEO Michael Ross, www.VisitPasadena.org.

 “NASA built the rover at JPL in Pasadena, so it is only fitting that this celebration takes place here too.”  

Sponsored by the Planetary Society, the two-day event brings together scientific experts and space enthusiasts from around the world.  Learn about the Red Planet and the robots being used to unlock its secrets.  Meet the scientists and engineers behind the mission, including Charles Elachi, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, planetary volcanologist Rosaly Lopez, Mars rover driver Scott Maxwell, and many more. 

Both days are geared toward families with entertainment, art exhibitions, spacecraft models, demonstrations, and panels of young scientists, engineers and space educators. Family favorite Bill Nye the Science Guy® will be in attendance both days.  

On August 5 at approximately 10:30 p.m. PST, witness Curiosity’s real-time landing with live NASA feed and on-stage expert commentary. Get a sneak peek at the first images returned from the mission.  

Planetfest is open August 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and August 5 from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  A one-day pass is $37 for adults, $31.50 for seniors 65+, $19 for youth ages 9 – 17, and free for children 8 and under. A two-day pass is $67 for adults, $56 for seniors 65+, $30 for youth ages 9 – 17, and free for children 8 and under.  

The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St.  For more information about Planetfest, visit. planetfest.org. 

The Pasadena Convention Center is available for meetings, conventions, trade shows, weddings, fundraisers, and other special events.  For more information, call (626) 793-2122 or visit PasadenaCenter.com

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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: 

Janet Zaldua, Director of Tourism & Communications 

(626) 395-0211, jzaldua@visitpasadena.com  

 

Posted: 8/1/2012 07:00:00 PM