Science Week – Forced Landing on Mars -17th July to 18th 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.


“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 land 400km from the Colony 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.

List and entry forms available at the Observatory as the close approach draws nearer………

Participants can go into the draw to win a 25cm Dobsonian Telescope. The first drawn correct entry 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.
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.

All entrants will receive a Small Kit* ,  just in case they find themselves stranded on Mars.

* not guaranteed to enure survival


3rd Rock Cafe open for Martian Snacks.

Open Times coming soon……..


Adults $20
Concession $15
Student $10
Family 4 (2A 2S under 18yrs) $50
Family 5 (2A 3S under 18yrs) $55

Bookings coming soon…..