Hardin Planetarium presents Perseverance to Reach Mars

NASA’s Perseverance Rover will reach Mars on 18 February 2021, to begin its search for signs of ancient microbial life, and characterizing environmental conditions that could affect future astronauts living and working on Mars. Perseverance will be only the fifth rover to attempt landing on Mars – when less than 50% of the missions ever sent to Mars by any space agency have been successful. The mission for this 1-ton, compact-car sized, nuclear-powered science laboratory on 6-wheels is to navigate around Jezero Crater’s ancient river delta, analyzing 3½ billion-year old samples formed when Mars was still wet.

The event is free of charge and suitable for all ages. No ticket is required and no reservations are accepted.

The 35-minute presentation will begin on time, with no late entrance permitted


  • Thursday January 07 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday January 10 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday January 12 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday January 14 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday January 17 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday January 19 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday January 21 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday January 24 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday January 26 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday January 28 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday January 31 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday February 02 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday February 04 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday February 07 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday February 09 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday February 11 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday February 14 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday February 16 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday February 18 7:00 p.m.

Masks are to be worn at all times within the building.

Our temporarily limited capacity provides for substantial distancing in Hardin Planetarium’s large spaces. Guest names and phone numbers will be collected for contact tracing, and seating is assigned by planetarium staff. Shortly before the show, attendees will be guided to their assigned seats within the domed star chamber. While waiting to be seated, guests are encouraged to explore the exhibits, moving counter-clockwise through the Ring Hall.

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