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MarsQuest, an interactive exhibition that explores the uniqueness of the Red Planet,
comes to Liberty Science Center January 25 - May 4, 2003

Jersey City, NJ - October 25, 2002 - We are in the midst of a decade of Mars exploration which is providing insights into the past, present, and future not only of Mars, but of our own planet Earth. As we explore the Red Planet, its polar ice caps, sprawling extinct volcanoes, vast meteorite craters, and huge canyons dazzle us. Uncover the mysteries and explore the natural wonders of the Red Planet when MarsQuest, a new traveling exhibition, opens at Liberty Science Center on January 25, 2003.

Providing guests with a first-hand sense of exploration, MarsQuest is organized around several Mars sites, each representing a different geologic formation: Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system; Valles Marineris, a valley as long as the United States is wide; and Ares Vallis, the Pathfinder landing site. Each area makes comparisons between Mars and Earth, giving visitors a real sense of Mars.

Sixteen hands-on interactive devices, five computer stations, and seven models invite guests to play the part of explorers. Guests can:

  • Send commands to maneuver a rover over a simulated Martian landscape.
  • Use NASA software to explore the Pathfinder landing site in 3-D.
  • Experiment with collage puzzles to learn how scientists assemble larger planetary views from many small images.
  • Build model landscapes and use a laser altimeter to create a three-dimensional image.

California artist Ned Kahn's large-scale interactive, Volcanic Eruption, demonstrates a cross-section of an erupting volcano, and two smaller versions allow guests to create shield volcanoes with flow channels. Guests can also access current information on recent discoveries about Mars. Additional components include a 30-minute planetarium show narrated by Patrick Stewart and a self-contained, high definition theater that provides a contemplative environment and a series of "imagination trips" to the destination sites on Mars. s.

The Space Science Institute of Boulder, Colorado developed the MarsQuest exhibition with major funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Additional support was provided by Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, and CBS Corporation.

Dedicated to inspiring imagination and creativity through adventures in interactive discovery, Liberty Science Center is the NJ-NY area's preeminent science and technology center. Located at Exit 14B of the NJ Turnpike in Jersey City, NJ, Liberty Science Center has welcomed over 6.5 million guests since opening in 1993. For more information, call 201-200-1000 or see our web site at


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