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C.A. Morrow, P.B. Dusenbery (Space Science Institute)
The Space Science Institute's MarsQuest project is a 4500 square-foot, $3M, traveling exhibition opening in October of 2000 at the McWane Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The exhibit's 3-year tour will enable millions of Americans to share in the excitement of the scientific exploration of Mars and learn more about their own planet in the process. MarsQuest visitors will encounter more than 20 interactive experiences, four life-size models, and dramatic artwork of Martian landscapes. Visitors can send commands to maneuver a rover over a simulated Martian landscape among many other engaging hands-on opportunities. Our poster will describe the exhibit and its associated education program, which includes a planetarium show and educator workshops. The poster will also emphasize the broad diversity of ways in which planetary scientists have been (and can be) involved in the design, development, and implementation of the MarsQuest project. Scientists roles have included contributions to the conceptual design, access to the best Mars imagery, ideas for interactives, editing panel text and the planetarium show script for science accuracy and currency, and contributing public lectures at museum sites as well as presentations in educator workshops. MarsQuest is funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA's Office of Space Science and Education Division.
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