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by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Liberty Science Center Facing Mars Exhibition

Facing Mars
If you could leave your family, friends, and familiar surroundings behind to risk your life on a three-year, round-trip voyage to Mars, would you go? In the new Facing Mars exhibition on view at Liberty Science Center from June 5 – September 6, you’ll have the chance to answer this question twice: once as you enter the exhibition and again as you exit with all the facts.

Facing Mars isn’t just about visiting another planet – it’s about determining whether we have the ingenuity to solve the challenges of deep space travel. Guests can experiment with 28 outstanding hands-on and full-body experiences.

Guests will:

* fly over the Martian surface and see real hi-def satellite images of the Red Planet
* examine psychological profiles to build a flight team that won’t quarrel or mutiny
* see how to grow food in space (hope you love veggies!)
* try out a special harness and walking surface to experience Martian “low gravity,” where everyone can “take a giant leap” with each step
* see a rare Mars meteorite
* check out before and after photos of your face in microgravity
* learn that in space, there’s no 911. Could you handle any emergency that came up, from electrical problems to emergency surgery?
* take a whirl in the spinning chair then try to solve a simple puzzle
* try to perform simple manual tasks in a low air pressure environment

After enjoying this challenging and thought-provoking exhibition, guests have the chance to answer the question again would they fly to Mars? Why or why not? They may find themselves considering the question more carefully!

Facing Mars was created by the Ontario Science Centre in consultation with leading experts in the field of space exploration.

For more information about Facing Mars, see facingmars.com.

Macy’s and Reading Is Fundamental

As families hit the stores this weekend for back to school shopping, Macy’s offers parents a great deal and the chance to give back. I was hoping you might have an opportunity to share this with your readers!

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy’s have teamed up to create Book A Brighter Future, a national partnership to raise awareness and support of children’s literacy.

Through August 1st, Macy’s customers can give $3 and receive a coupon for $10 off one purchase of $50 or more at any Macy’s store nationwide. Macy’s will give 100% of every $3 to RIF.


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pat.navymom August 3, 2010 - 9:41 am

Love this science center and its view of NYC, Ellis Island, and Lady Liberty.


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