Mars-di Gras 02.06.16

Come Celebrate Mars-di Gras!

Free With General Admission

Mardi Gras is a huge celebration marked with festive street parties, masked balls, and lots of colorful beads. But why should the party begin and end on this planet? It’s about time we take the festivities further into our Solar System and celebrate Mars. On February 6th, we’re saying goodbye to Earth and heading to Mars for a once-in-a-lifetime event. Guests will be transported to the Red Planet, masquerade as the first Martians and experience first-hand what it would be like to live, work, and play on Mars. Join us on this once in a lifetime Mars-di Gras mission and let the good times rove!

Planned Martian Festivities

Exploring Mars with Emily Lakdawalla
Time: 1 pm
Location: Johnson Star Theater
Was Mars ever warm and wet? Or always cold and dry? Was there Martian life? Many orbiters, landers, and rovers have been sent to Mars to attempt to answer these questions. Thanks to a recent renaissance in Mars exploration, we now have a new picture of Mars as a complex world with a rich history. The Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla will discuss Mars and explain the science of the Red Planet with stunning photos.

Plant Chicago
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Location: Planet Explorers
Discover new planting techniques with Plant Chicago as they showcase three, out-of-this-world demos.

Mars-Dig-Rocks!
Time: 10 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Planet Explorers
Venture out onto the surface as an astro-geologist and uncover unique samples from our Mars-Dig-Rocks! dig site.

Robotics Zoom-in
Time: 10 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Community Design Lab
Mars-di Gras enthusiasts will have the opportunity to command a robot through a variety of challenges and learn more about the rovers that have traveled on Mars.

Mapping Mars
Time: 11 am – 2 pm
Location: Astronomy in Culture
How will we find our way on Mars when we get there? Learn how astronomers and planetary scientists have been mapping Mars over the last 150 years, and make your own Mars globes!

Mars Drop
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Our Solar System
NASA has researched the possibilities of launching a glider on Mars through the Mars X Plane project. Take up the challenge yourself and launch your personally designed glider from a high altitude balloon floating above you! Will yours fly the farthest?

Mars Conversations
Location: Space Visualization Lab
Join the Adler’s Astronomy staff for conversations involving our favorite red planet. Fly over the Martian surface, play ‘Mars or Earth’ and view 3D pictures taken by the Martian rovers.

11 am – 12pm: Ken Walczak
12 pm – 1 pm: Alyssa Bans
2 pm – 3 pm: Mark SubbaRao
3 pm – 4 pm: Geza Gyuk

Solar Observing (weather permitting)
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Location: Doane Observatory
Safe, daytime telescope viewing in the Doane Observatory

Masquerade on Mars
Time: 10 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Curiosity Station
Design and decorate you very own Martian spacesuit helmet. When you’re living on Mars, you’ll need a helmet that not only works well and feels good, but looks good too!

Humans of Mars Photo-Op
Time: All Day
Location: Our Solar System
The Humans of Mars photo booth gives Earth dwellers a chance to capture a memento from their travels on Mars. Deck yourself out in helmets, masks and the finest jewels the Red Planet has to offer. Post your photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #AdlerMarsDiGras or #HumansOfMars for a stellar memento of an out-of-this-world celebration!

Lowdown Brass Band
Time: 12:45 pm & 2 pm
Mars-di Gras wouldn’t be complete without a roaming jazz band! Hailing from Chicago, the Lowdown Brass Band (LDB) is a horn-driven tour-de-force. Featuring dynamic vocals, hip-hop MCs, and body movement, LDB will have everyone up on their feet!