Journey to Mars at UNO!

Please join us at the University of New Orleans (UNO) for a special viewing of a half-scale model of the Mars Curiosity Rover! This is a rare opportunity to see what the real Curiosity rover looks like. The model is one of two in the world that were developed by Siemens in partnership with NASA. The model is an exact half-scale replica of the original rover which is currently collecting scientific information on Mars! This is the first time the model has been on display in Louisiana so don't miss this unique opportunity!

Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5, 2012. Part of the Mars Science Laboratory mission in NASA's Mars Exploration Program, the rover carries the most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to Mars and its findings will be used to study the habitability of the planet. Learn More.


Schools (grades 6-12)
11am - 2:30pm

Pre-registration is required


Schools (grades 6-12)
Pre-registration is required
9am - 2:30pm

Astronomy Night (open to the public)


Open to the public
10am - 4pm

FIRST Robotics teams
4pm - 6pm

Private Reception
6:30pm - 9pm


Schools are invited to join us to view the rover and browse interactive STEM exhibits on September 22nd and September 23rd.

  • Event is targeted to grades 6-12.
  • Schools are limited to a maximum of two groups of 30 students (60 students total).
  • We are scheduling 30 minute timeslots for school groups to view the rover to control the flow and allow everyone a chance to see the rover up close.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time slot to check in. Plan to have your group(s) at the “Launch Pad” to line up 10 minutes before your scheduled viewing time.
  • Schools are free to browse the STEM exhibits before and/or after the viewing of the rover.

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Space is available for STEM-related exhibits. Interactive exhibits are preferred. Mars or space themed exhibits are encouraged but are not required.  Tables and chairs will be provided per exhibitor requests. Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own extension cords, AV equipment, and table cloths/skirts. 

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Do you love learning about Mars and space exploration? Do you enjoy hands-on STEM activities? Are you looking for a fun-filled day?  We need volunteers.

UNO Students and Staff! This is a great opportunity to showcase the UNO Privateer Spirit as well as earn service hours. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up below. Thank you in advance for helping out.

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Thank you to our event partners!

Key Information:

  • “Journey to Mars at UNO” will take place on the second floor of the UNO University Center, building 34 on the campus map. The model of the rover will be in Innsbruck Room 211B and there will be a variety of STEM-related exhibits in the Gallery Lounge and other areas of the second floor.
  • Refreshments are available for sale on the first floor of the University Center on Sept 22nd and Sept 23rd from 7:30am - 5:30pm and on Sept 24th from 8am – 6pm. Guests are also welcome to bring their own food/snacks.
  • The UNO Bookstore will be open Sept 22nd and 23rd from 8:00am – 4:30pm and on Sept 24th from 9:30am – 5:00pm.
  • Join us on Friday night (Sept. 23rd) at 8am-10pm for a telescope viewing of the planet Mars (weather permitting). Telescopes provided by the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society will be set up in the Alumni Drive neutral ground in front of the University Center. Lights in the area will be turned off for better viewing of Mars.
  • PARKING: Parking enforcement will be suspended in the following locations during the “Journey to Mars at UNO” activities. No parking pass is required in these areas:
    • Sept 22-24: Large parking lot to the east of the University Center. Please be careful to not enter the adjacent smaller paid parking lot (with the gate) or you will be required to pay the regular parking rate.
    • Sept 22-24: along both sides of Alumni Drive and in the ‘horseshoe’ in front of the University Center.
    • Sept 22-24: Overflow parking available in the lot to the west of the University Center.
  • BUSES:
    • Student drop off: Buses can drop students off to the east of the University Center and then continue down the access road and enter the large parking lot to their right. Buses are asked to park on the far side of the lot, closest to Elysian Fields Avenue.
    • Student pick up: Buses will need to loop around for students to be picked up in the same location as drop-off. Exit the parking lot onto Elysian Fields Avenue and re-enter campus to pick up students on the access road to the east of the University Center. Buses can then go through the lot to exit campus onto Elysian Fields Avenue.