Mars Madness Open House August 10th At Buffalo State

August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM EDT

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Mars Madness Open House August 10th At Buffalo State

August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/Buffalo State College Press Release) - Buffalo State's Earth Sciences and Science Education Department will host a Mars Madness Open House at the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium on the Buffalo State campus August 10 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event is in conjunction with the August 6th landing of Curiosity, a supercharged scientific space rover, on Mars.

Curiosity, which was launched from Earth on November 26, will collect samples from Mars so scientists can determine whether the red planet has ever been able to support life.

The Mars Madness Open House will feature 20-minute sky tours in the planetarium and discussions about the first scientific results that Curiosity will have collected. Planetarium staff also will review the "7 Minutes of Terror," which is the name given to the highly anticipated and risky landing of Curiosity.

Also included at the Mars Madness event are posters and panoramas of Mars, a scale model of the solar system, activity tables for kids and adults, and a raffle for planetarium gift shop merchandise.

Mars Madness is free to the public. The event will be followed by the planetarium program, "The Lives and Deaths of Giant Stars," at 8:00 p.m. Attendees who wish to stay for the program will need to purchase tickets. Admission is free for Buffalo State students, $6 for the general public, and $4 for children under age 18, other college students, and senior citizens.

The Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium is located in the Science Building at Buffalo State.

For more information visit www.fergusonplanetarium.net or email planetarium@buffalostate.edu.