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<b>Mars Programming Lands at The Tech Museum of Innovation through January</b>

Press Release Date 
Friday, January 9, 2004

As part of this month's Robots @ Work and Play initiative at The Tech, get answers to your most burning questions about the research currently being conducted on Mars! Through January, The Tech presents a wealth of speakers, demonstrations and hands-on design challenges focused on exploration of the red planet.

The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113

  • January 17 & 18 – The Future of Robots, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, including a real Mars Rover and a peek into the robotics research being done at Caltech's Center for Neuromorphic Systems Engineering and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • January 24 & 25 – Discover Mars at The Tech, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, including on-site demos and updated info on the Mars landings from the Mars Society Northern CA Chapter.
  • January 24 – Dr. Silvano Colombano, 3:15 pm. A senior research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, Dr. Colombano studies robotics and biologically inspired computer systems.
  • January 25 – Dr. Bill Clancey, 3:00 pm. Dr. Clancey researches human factors related to computers and human exploration of Mars.
  • Ongoing, Martian Drop & Roll Design Challenge. Design and build a spacecraft that will be launched from up high to protect its 'Egg Rover' payload from structural damage upon landing. Will you use cushioning? Airbags? Rockets? Can you design a spacecraft that can bounce and land upright?
  • Ongoing, Mars Rover Design Challenge. Explore strange new worlds! Design and build a LEGO™ robotic vehicle to travel around a simulated planet surface and learn about the use of mobile robots to explore hostile environments.

Pricing (Galleries OR IMAX) is $9, $8 seniors, $7 children; (Combo Galleries AND IMAX) $16, $15 seniors, $14 children. Note that programming is offered at no charge with paid gallery admission.

Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Silicon Valley, Calif., The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. For more information, visit or call (408) 294-TECH.

Press Contact:
Tony Santos
The Tech Museum of Innovation
(408) 795-6226