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Forced landing on Mars

17 July 2018 @ 1:00 pm5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until 14 August 2018

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Tuesday and Saturday, repeating until 18 August 2018

$10 – $55
Survival on Mars – what would your priorities be? Bring your entry along to the Ballarat Observatory from 17 July to 18 August to go into the draw to win a 25 cm Dobsonian telescope. View Mars in the telescopes and more.
Mars rover in a martian landscape

Mars is very close to Earth, a space crew have been sent to Mars to support the existing Martian Colony which has been established for 5 years. Unfortunately, the crew encounter mechanical difficulties and land 400 km from the Colony with most of the equipment on board being damaged. Survival depends on reaching the Colony.

What does the crew need to survive the 400 km trek to join the Colony? Your task is to rank the list of available items in order of importance to allow the crew to reach the Colony in safety.

Participants can go into the draw to win a 25 cm Dobsonian Telescope. The first drawn correct entry will win. The draw occurs at 5.30pm on 18 August. The telescope can be picked up from the Observatory and a session on how to use it will be provided.

Viewing of Mars during its close approach through telescopes, disability access available. More activities also included. 3rd Rock Cafe open for Martian snacks.


  • Adults $20
  • Concession $15
  • Student $10
  • Family of four (2 adults, 2 children under 18 years) $50
  • Family of five (2 adults, 3 children under 18 years) $55

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17 July 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
$10 – $55
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Primary students, Secondary students, Adults
Space and astronomy


Ballarat Astronomical Society
03 5332 7526 or 0429 199 312


Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum
439 Cobden Street
Mount Pleasant, Victoria 3350 Australia
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03 5332 7526
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