Curiosity Self Portrait

Mars Day!

Celebrate the science and innovation of Mars

Our annual Mars Day event has gone virtual! 
Join us online Thursday, July 16 to Saturday, July 18

The National Air and Space Museum's annual Mars Day! celebrates the Red Planet with educational and fun activities for all ages that expose visitors to the latest developments in planetary science. Hear from scientists active in Mars research and mission planning and learn about current and future missions.

Thursday, July 16

What's New in Aerospace: Rovers
1 pm ET

Tune in for a live chat on the Museum's website and Facebook Live all about robotic exploration of Mars, including the upcoming launch of the new Mars rover Perseverance. Featuring NASA engineer Kobie Boykins and Museum curator Matthew Shindell.

Mars Social Media Quiz

Answer questions about the geography of the Red Planet on the Museum's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the day.

Come back to this page on July 16 for additional resources and activities.

<em>Curiosity's</em> Sky Crane Maneuver

An artistic rendering of the sky crane maneuver during the descent of NASA's Curiosity rover to the Martian surface.

Friday, July 17

Virtual Scavenger Hunt: Geography of the Red Planet
1 pm ET

Use the GooseChase app for a free virtual scavenger hunt featuring trivia and activities to dig in and discover the various aspects of exploring Mars, like rovers, copters, and more. Learn more about how to participate.

Instagram Live Mini-Talks
6 pm ET

The Museum's AirSpace podcast will take over the National Air and Space Museum Instagram with short lightning talks on Instagram Live about the highs and lows of exploring Mars.

Mars Social Media Quiz

Answer questions about the geography of the Red Planet on the Museum's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the day.

Come back to this page on July 17 for additional resources and activities.

Viking Orbiter 1 Mosaic of Mars

Mars image constructed from Viking 1 Orbiter imagery, Visual Imaging Subsystem Camera A

Saturday, July 18

Virtual Scavenger Hunt: Mars 2020
1 pm ET

Use the GooseChase app for a virtual scavenger hunt featuring trivia and activities about the upcoming launch of Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Dig in and discover the various aspects of exploring the Red Planet, like rovers, copters, and more. Learn more about how to participate.

 

EZ Science: Mars 2020
3 pm ET

Watch the premiere of our latest episode of EZ Science, our web series featuring Museum director Ellen Stofan and NASA associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen. In this episode Dr. E and Dr. Z discuss the technological advancements of the newest Mars rover Perseverance.

 

Mars Social Media Quiz

Answer questions about the geography of the Red Planet on the Museum's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the day.

Come back to this page on July 18 for additional resources and activities.

rendering of Mars 2020 rover on surface of Mars

Artist's concept of Mars 2020 rover with sample tubes.