MarsFest 2017

March 10-12th, Death Valley National Parkmarsfest logoLinking Extremes of Earth and Space! We are proud to again bring educators, scientists, the public, and National Park enthusiasts together to share this little known, but extremely important, use of our public land.

There are very few places in the world where the extremes of our planet can offer a look into what may be possible in our Solar System and beyond. This event features, evening keynote speakers and panels, scientist-guided field trips to analog sites, and an expo with hand-on activities led by representatives from NASA, JPL, research organizations, and universities – including a Curiosity mini-rover and NASA Mission payload demonstrations. 

Talks and field trips will run throughout each day Friday---Sunday.

Download PDF Schedule Here.

The goal of the MarsFest is to offer the public the opportunity to learn more about our planet, Mars, the Solar System, and how that knowledge helps us plan for humans to explore beyond Earth. Death Valley National Park plays an important role in contributing to the scientific community.

MarsFest 2017 is brought to you by: The SETI InstituteNASA Ames Research CenterNASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) , NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), the National Park Service and the Death Valley Natural History Association.

More information including, schedule with abstracts and presenters bigraphies as well as photos of previous years can be found on SETI Institute's Webpage for Mars Fest 2017. Please visit:

Download the official event flyer here:*Support for the festival also comes from scientists, education and outreach professionals, astronomy club members, and planetary science enthusiasts (e.g., The Planetary Society and The Mars Society), who volunteer to share time, information, resources, and their passion with visitors. We have worked together to elevate public awareness about planetary analog research here on Earth, and the associated missions in space such as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the upcoming Mars rovers. Previous MarsFest weekends of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016: were extraordinarily successful thanks to the dedication of Death Valley National Park personnel, the SETI Institute, and NASA Centers, with key support from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Education and Public Outreach Team.

MarsFest 2017 Organizing Committee:

  • David Blacker, Death Valley National History Association
  • Rosalba Bonaccorsi, SETI Institute Carl Sagan Center/NASA Ames Research Center
  • Lora Bleacher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Andrea Jones, Planetary Science Institute/ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Contact Us

Death Valley Natural History Association
PO Box 188
Death Valley, CA 92328

1-800-478-8564 ext. 10
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