Seasonal Special Happenings

Facing Mars at the Science Center

When: Tue., Feb. 8 2011

Turns out, sending humans to Mars is a little more complicated than, say, rolling into Chuck E. Cheese's. "A three-year trip over millions of miles is no easy feat," says Dante Centuori of the Great Lakes Science Center. "And given that roughly two out of three unmanned missions have been failures, it's also not something to take lightly with astronauts' lives at stake." Would you go? That's the question posed by Facing Mars, GLSC's newest exhibition. Among the 28 displays, you can examine a Mars meteorite, test your resistance to motion sickness, and explore the effects of Martian gravity. Visitors will also have a chance to check out a full-scale model of a Mars Rover. And since Tuesdays are named in Mars' honor, look for special Mars-themed programming today, along with free admission for those 18 and under. The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and continues through September 5. The Great Lakes Science Center is at 601 Erieside Ave. For more information, call 216-694-2000 or go to — Cicora

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