Mars Travel Guide

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March 16 at 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM.

Tickets on sale starting February 17.

Tickets: BC Ticket Office + Online. $8 adults; $6 children + Seniors

The William M Thomas Planetarium will present the show “Mars Travel Guide” on Thursday, March 16, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM in a repeat performance. Doors will open 30 minutes before the show starts for seating and will be closed during the one-hour program with no late admittance. Tickets are available for $8/adults and $6/seniors and children 5-12 years old from the Bakersfield College Ticket Office and Online only (tickets will NOT be sold at the door). The BC Ticket Office is in Business Services (395-4326) and the William M Thomas Planetarium is on the second floor, northwest end of the Math-Science Building, Room 112. The map below shows you where the ticket office and the planetarium are. No food, drink, or gum/candy is allowed in the planetarium. Children must be 5 years or older.

The one-hour show will begin with a short tour of the evening sky using the planetarium's Goto Chronos star projector followed by a 35-minute presentation of what it would be like to be on Mars using our Spitz SciDome projector. Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, will first present some of the challenges of getting humans to Mars. Then audiences will see what the first human Mars explorers will see when they get to Mars using real imagery from our robot landers and rovers that have paved the way for us.

What is the weather like on Mars? How easy is it to walk around on Mars? What about those nasty dust storms? Are they really as bad as what you read about? Those are just some of the questions that will be answered in the “Mars Travel Guide”. Starting with the Viking landers forty years ago and going through the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory now climbing Mt Sharp in Gale Crater, audiences will learn what our first explorers have found about Mars.

The “Mars Travel Guide” was created last fall as part of the Bakersfield College Library's Cerro Author events running up to “The Martian” author Andy Weir's visit.

Further Exploration Links

Also see the Online Campus Map for more information on the location of the planetarium, and our Parking Information page.