August 22, 2016 – The Mars Experience Bus will be making several stops in Colorado and guests are invited to climb aboard to experience the beauty of the Red Planet. Created by Lockheed Martin, the Mars Experience Bus is the first immersive virtual reality vehicle ever built, and replicates 200 square miles of the Martian surface.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science will host a weekend of interplanetary travel on August 27 and 28. The Lockheed Martin Generation Beyond: Mars Experience — including the bus, green screen, and other activities — will be free with museum admission on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This experience is offered on a first come, first served basis.
Visitors to the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs are also invited on a virtual field trip to Mars on August 31, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The reduced admission rate for Space Foundation Discovery Center will be $5 for adults, $2 for kids on August 31st only and includes a free trip on the Mars Experience Bus. In addition to the VR experience, visitors will also enjoy driving rovers on a simulated Mars surface in the Lockheed Martin Mars Robotics Laboratory, located in the Space Foundation Discovery Center.
The bus experience requires climbing on and off a school bus and is not wheelchair accessible. Also please note that the bus does not actually move.
Students at McAuliffe school and AFB Mountain Elementary will be treated to a virtual field trip as part of Generation Beyond, A Lockheed Martin initiative that brings the science of space into homes and classrooms across America to engage students in grades 6-8 and help them prepare to make these missions a reality and pursue STEM careers.
In addition to the Mars Experience Bus, Generation Beyond includes a free online curriculum for teachers and families, with standards-based, digital resources such as lesson plans, educator guides and family activities. These resources introduce a wide variety of STEM-focused careers in space exploration, compare and contrast differences between life in space and on Earth, and illustrate the challenges of a future Mars mission. For more information, visit www.lockheedmartin.com/generationbeyond.
Lockheed Martin is a proven leader in deep space and is committed to inspiring the next generation of explorers, engineers, inventors and pioneers who will, one day, reach Mars and beyond. Lockheed Martin has supported every NASA mission to Mars over the last four decades and is currently developing technologies like the Orion spacecraft to help NASA send humans to deep space destinations like Mars in the 2030s.