A Touch of Mars: Aug 11th Preview Reception and Aug 12th all-day Meteorite Opening Celebration

A Touch of Mars: Aug 11th Preview Reception and Aug 12th all-day Meteorite Opening Celebration

The Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium (CNCP) is about to be one of only four places in the USA where visitors can experience direct Mars contact! CNCP is one of only four host-facilities in the USA that will offer the extremely rare opportunity to not only see a piece of the Red Planet, Mars, but also to touch it.


On Friday Night, AUGUST 11, you can be one of the FIRST to SEE and TOUCH the Heitz Mars Meteorite Exhibit. This special reception for our loyal supporters and new friends of CNCP will also feature with light fare and drinks, photo opportunity and meet-and-greet with Tim Heitz,the rare rock’s donor, who will also speak about his adventures meteorite hunting! You will also be treated to a short full-dome planetarium show on Mars.

Please support our event by attending this special reception, as it serves as a fundraiser for the CNCP mission to bring more unique educational “Wow!” opportunities to our Southwest Florida community.

August 11 at 6pm

$30 in Advance and $40 at the Door: Seating is limited, so to be sure of a seat, get your tickets today!

On Saturday, August 12, the exhibit will be opened to the public, with all-day space-related activities (crafts, games, scavenger hunt, information table with SW Florida Astronomical Society, etc.) for all ages from 10am to 4pm, with the CNCP ‘special event’ entrance fees of $15/adults and $10/children (3-12 years).

Mr. Heitz is an adventurous soul who has been all over the world in search of these rare pieces of outer space — or in this case, a piece of an alien world. Heitz, owner of Midwest Meteorites (www.meteorman.org), has gifted only one other institution, the Saint Louis Science Center, with a piece of Mars that can be touched. The other two touchable exhibits are located at NASA Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston, TX, and at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Now, Southwest Florida’s Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium is a permanent home to a touchable piece of Mars with the opening of the Heitz Mars Meteorite Exhibit.

You may purchase tickets to the Friday, August 11th Evening Preview Reception at the discounted “advance price” here, until Thursday, August 9th. After that, the at-the-door price will be in effect.

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