Death Valley Dark Sky Festival Exploration Fair

A man and woman standing behind a booth talk with two children with rover and tire models on the table.
Learn about space and talk with NASA scientists while visiting Death Valley National Park.

NPS/Stephanie Lamar

Explore the booths at the Exploration Fair to talk with scientists and participate in hands on activities.

2023 Exploration Fair Booths:

Saturday 10AM-4PM, Sunday 10AM-2PM, Furnace Creek Visitor Center Courtyard

NASA missions to Venus, DAVINCI and VERITAS
Back to Venus! Venus likely once resembled Earth, but now it's even hotter than Death Valley and covered in clouds of sulfuric acid. In 2021, NASA selected two new missions that will visit our sister planet and uncover its mysteries. Come learn about Venus and the new DAVINCI and VERITAS missions.

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute
The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe and the evolution of intelligence.

California Institute of Technology
Learn how telescopes work and watch a handheld comet built from scratch! Join our team of astrophysicists to ask your questions about the universe and take a look through a solar telescope for a mesmerizing (and safe) view of the Sun.

Death Valley National Park
Explore the neighbors in our solar system to learn how being in Death Valley can feel like being on another planet.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a leader in robotic space exploration, sending rovers to Mars, probes to the farthest reaches of the solar system, and satellites to advance understanding of our home planet. Learn how living things have left their ‘finger prints on rocks on Earth, and how we plan to search for signs of ancient life on Mars and beyond.

NASA’s Ames Research Center
NASA's Ames Research Center, one of ten NASA field centers, is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Since 1939, Ames has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology and science aligned with the center's core capabilities

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Planetary Science & Outreach Teams
Come learn about NASA’s exploration of Mars. Come talk with members of the science team and learn how scientists used Death Valley and other extreme environments on Earth in preparation for landing on the red planet.

NASA Visual Strategist
Travel posters were once created to entice would be travelers to visit magical places like Death Valley. In the same way, NASA’s Visual Strategists have created travel posters too far off worlds that scientists and engineers have been discovering with powerful telescopes. As NASA looks to Death Valley to better understand other planets geology, see how the locations have also inspired a NASA artist who supports the missions with visual strategy.

Las Vegas Astronomical Society
The Las Vegas Astronomical Society is an organization of amateur astronomers, formed to promote amateur astronomy in Southern Nevada. Take a look through a solar telescope and learn about the NASA Solar System Ambassador program and International Dark Sky Association.

Desert Studies Center
The Desert Studies Center is a Field Research Station of the California State University, located within the Mojave National Preserve. Learn how the harsh desert environment can help space science research efforts.
(Saturday Only)

Last updated: January 13, 2023

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