It’s an excellent time to be a space geek.

 

If you’re fascinated by space like I am (seriously, I'll show you my collection of boarding passes sometime) then it's been an exciting handful of years. NASA has launched or is planning to launch missions to Mars as well as the Moon. Along with those missions, NASA has just released the first images from its James Webb Telescope that show the deepest infrared images of the universe to date. To go along with that news, Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City is one of a handful of science institutions countrywide to host NASA’s “Roving with Perseverance” road show.

 

NASA Perseverance Rover Lands On Mars
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The exhibit features full-scale models of the Perseverance Mars Rover, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter, and showings of the film “Destination Mars”. Clark Planetarium has been working for a long time to be able to host the exhibit. Clark Planetarium director Duke Johnson stated on Clark Planetarium's website, "We've been working for the last year and a half to bring this amazing full-scale rover model to the Planetarium." The exhibit is open now and runs through November 6th and the public is invited to view the rover and participate in the activities free of charge.

 

Clark Planetarium is located at 110 South 400 West in Salt Lake City and is open Sunday-Thursday 10 am to 7 pm and Friday-Saturday 10 am to 10:45 pm.