Destination Mars Overview
shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And to know the place for the first time.
On July 4, 1997, a spacecraft from Earth
unfurled a large parachute and descended through the thin Martian atmosphere.
Just above the surface huge airbags inflated to help soften the impact.
As it hit the reddish soil, Mars
Pathfinder bounced again and again until it finally came to rest.
For the first time in a generation, a spacecraft beamed back an image
of a never before seen Martian landscape. Thus began the most far-reaching
and comprehensive exploration of a planet other than Earth.
The Space Science
Institute's Mars Education Program
Over the next decade and beyond, the United
States and other nations will undertake the uprecedented exploration
of the planet Mars. The excitement generated by these missions creates
a tremendous opportunity for educating the public about Mars and Mars'
The Space Science Institute is taking advantage
of this opportunity with the development of the MarsQuest and
Destination Mars exhibitions. These exhibitions were funded
primarily by NSF and NASA. MarsQuest includes a 5,000 square
foot exhibit, a 40 minute plantarium show narrated by Patrick Stewart,
and workshops for classroom teachers and museum educators.