Festival Of The Planets Lands In London

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One of London’s most famous residents once said that we’re all living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. More specifically, Londoners are being encouraged to look at the planets in a special space festival coming to the capital in September. The Festival of the Planets is an informal collection of public events to tie in with the European Planetary Science Congress at UCL from 8-13 September.

The programme includes:

- Talks: a year of the Curiosity rover on Mars; what’s Mars made of?; how the giant planets protect the Earth; and a proposed European mission to Jupiter’s icy moons

- Exhibitions: a 3 x 40 metre panorama of the surface of Mars; an artistic response to planetary science; a snapshot of European space science

- Activities: stargazing in Regent’s Park

- Film: a screening of sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Caught Fire

- Extravaganza: an evening of space comedy, science, cabaret and other acts at Space Showoff

Many of the events are free, and you can simply turn up on the day; others are ticketed. See site for further details and venues.

Image: the surface of Mars as pictured by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe. Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum).

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