Science Week – Forced Landing on Mars Competition -17th July to 17th August 2018


Image Credit – Hubble Telescope

Close Approach of Mars – Put it in your diary NOW

Mars is very close to Earth during July and August 2018 Mars ephemeris


“A close  approach of Mars provides an opportunity to send a space crew to Mars to support the existing Martian Colony which has been established for 5 years. Unfortunately the crew encounter mechanical difficulties and crash land 400km from the Colony before they can send a message to the base and with most of the equipment on board being damaged. Survival depends on reaching the Colony.
What do the crew need to survive the 400km trek to join the Colony?  Your task is to place the list of available items in order of importance to allow the crew to reach the Colony in safety, 1 – most important and 15 – least important.”

NB: The Judges decision is final, any objectors will be transported to Mars.

Crash Landing on Mars survival List and information

Participants can go into the draw to win a 25cm Dobsonian Telescope, 2nd and 3rd Prize a pair of Binoculars. The first drawn correct entries will win. Draw occurs at 5.30pm on 18th August. The telescope can be picked up from the Observatory and a session on how to use it will be provided or delivered to the winners address. Entries will be accepted from anywhere in Australia ( we would love you to visit sometime).
Mars will be very close to the Earth over this period and viewing of Mars during it’s close approach through telescopes will be available. Disability access is available at the Federation – Adcock Telescope.

Entries close 17th August 2018

All entrants booking in to view through the telescopes on site at the Observatory will receive a Small Kit* ,  just in case they find themselves stranded on Mars. Bookings here

* not guaranteed to ensure survival

Onsite Event Booking date and more information coming soon…………….

Major announcement coming soon for Tuesday 14th August

One or two NASA mission scientists from Cassini/Kepler are visiting Ballarat!