Mars Bus stops at Orlando Science Center for one day only

By OSC on March 29, 2017 in Stem, What's New



Who will be the first person to set foot on Mars? According to the experts at Lockheed Martin, that person is likely sitting in a middle school classroom somewhere in our world right now, dreaming of a feat that was unimaginable until just recently.

Students and their families can imagine themselves embarking on such a journey thanks to Lockheed Martin’s Mars Experience Bus, a mobile adventure that allows participants to find out what it might be like to travel to Mars. The bus will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Friday, March 31, at Orlando Science Center, and the experience is free for OSC guests and the general public.

What can you do aboard the Mars Experience Bus?

After a guide briefs you on your mission, you will engage in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math–through a number of interplanetary activities, including:

  • Designing a mission patch
  • Posing for a photo on Mars
  • Viewing a scale model of the Orion Mars spacecraft
  • And more!

Immerse Yourself

Through virtual reality, you’ll get the real feel of exploring 200 square miles of Martian terrain. High-definition screens and surround sound will mimic the landscape of the Red Planet, and you might even find yourself lost in a sandstorm.

Lockheed Martin also provides extension activities so that STEM-based learning can continue after you’ve returned to Earth. Learn more at

The Mars Experience Bus will be making limited stops around Central Florida this spring, but don’t miss your chance to blast off at Orlando Science Center this Friday.


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