MarsFest in Death Valley brings the Red Planet down to Earth
If the surface of Mars needed a stand-in, Death Valley might be its double. Two decades ago, scientists found the sparse desert landscape the best place to test the Mars rover.
On Saturday, you can visit Mars Hill, covered with volcanic rubble and rocks, where the rover was tested and where Aaron Zent of NASA Ames Research Center will explain just how similar Death Valley and Mars are.
Other highlights include a guided walk to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes from 3 to 4 p.m., which double as a Mars science lab, and night-sky viewing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
There’s also Mars-centric programs for kids from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the visitor center.
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