Ever wondered what Mars is like? Find out for yourself at Science Central!
Mars in 3-D is Science Central’s newest traveling exhibit. So, what can visitors expect? The European Space Agency’s Mars Express Probe is Europe’s first mission to another planet. Since 2004, a stereo camera designed and built by Germany’s space agency, the German Aerospace Center, has been mapping the entire Red Planet and producing colorful, high resolution images. Six natural forces that have significantly formed Mars over billions of years – volcanism, water, ice, erosion, wind, and tectonics – are the focus of the exhibition.
Suspended throughout the exhibition are enormous photographs, and with the help of red-blue glasses, visitors will see Mars like they have never been able to before – in 3-D! These images are supplemented with bilingual interpretive signs in English and German with a vast amount of information about the Red Planet, its moons and exploration efforts. The Mars exhibition was developed by the German Aerospace Center, (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR).
Through 120+ exhibits, school tours, distance learning programs and weekend public events, the museum brings the excitement of science and technology to nearly 130,000 children and adults annually. While there, be sure to check out their permanent exhibits. Insider’s Note: Some exhibits have a 50″ minimum height requirement and 225lb maximum weight limitation to ensure safety.
For more information on Science Central, visit their website, or call 260-424-2400 x 441. Science Central is open Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday Noon to 5 pm. Admission ranges from free (under age 2) to $8.00.