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Experience the science and technology behind exploring the red planet by visiting our Mission: Mars exhibit. Developed by the Saint Louis Science Center in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis and NASA, this unique exhibit has two parts, Mission Control located on the 2nd floor of the 5050 Oakland building and Mission Base located at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.
Mission: Mars Control allows guests to experience current day exploration of Mars by assuming the role of an engineer at a NASA Lab, designing and building a robotic rover to explore the red planet. Here guests have the opportunity to program a rover and experience the challenges of navigating it with a simulated time delay, while seeing Mars from the perspective of a rover.
Mission: Mars Base takes you into the future of Mars exploration. You will be transported to Mars in the year 2076. Taking on the role of an astronaut living on Mars, visitors will be able to perform science operations at key locations on the planet, using a rover that resembles the rover currently on Mars. The exhibit features two specially designed rovers, Intrepid and Adventure.