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Park Yourself on the Red Planet!

Credit: MarsFest 2014

Take a walk on Mars…without leaving Earth!

Check out the third annual MarsFest in Death Valley National Park, being held March 28-30 within the breathtaking desert valley located in Eastern California.

Visitors of all ages are invited to MarsFest 2014 – to elevate public awareness about planetary analog research taking place at special spots on Earth.

MarsFest 2014 is a collaboration of the National Park Service, the SETI Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Death Valley National Park has several planetary analog research sites within its boundaries.

This event brings together the public, scientists, and national park enthusiasts to explore the research being done in this field.

MarsFest 2014 will be opened by a key note speaker and will feature scientist-led field trips to analog sites such as Mars Hill, Badwater Basin, Ubehebe Volcanic Field, and Mesquite Sand Dunes, as well as guest lectures and special presentations at the park’s Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

A key component is the NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover mission team, represented by the Sample Analysis at Mars education and public outreach team.

The first two MarsFest weekends were held in 2012 and 2013 and were well received, setting the stage for MarsFest 2014.

For more information contact:

Rosalba Bonaccorsi at NASA Ames Research Center:

rosalba.bonaccorsi-1@nasa.gov

Terry Baldino at Death Valley National Park :

terry_baldino@nps.gov

For information on Death Valley National Park, go to:

http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

By Leonard David

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