August Mini-Space Camps To Be Offered


JAMESTOWN – NASA’s most advanced planetary rover, Curiosity is on a precise course to an Aug. 6 landing in the Gale Crater on Mars. Getting to the surface will not be easy. It is the hardest NASA mission ever attempted. Also called the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a precursor for future human missions to Mars. There is a critical period only lasting seven minutes in which it will decelerate from about 13,200 mph to allow the rover to land at about 1.7 mph.

To celebrate this landing and help individuals understand about Mars exploration the mini-camp entitled DESTINATION MARS: CURIOSITY ROVER is being offered to children ages 8 – 13. Any parents wishing to attend are invited to do so. Several hands-on activities will guide participants through the process of how the red planet is studied. The culminating activity will be where our campers will imagine, design and build a miniature version of a Mars community.

Dates and times for this mini-camp are Monday, August 6th through Thursday, August 9th from 1:30 – 4:00 pm. Tuition is $45.00 and parents can attend for free. There is also a field trip being planned.

Another event that occurs annually in August is the Perseid meteor shower. Therefore the mini-camp entitled COMETS, ASTEROIDS & METEORS is being offered to children ages 8 – 13. Parents are also invited to attend at no cost. We will explore these mysterious objects which date back to the formation of the solar system. Asteroids break apart and many times enter a planet’s atmosphere striking the surface causing little to extreme damage to the surface and surrounding area. Comets are the oldest remnants of the solar system found beyond planetary orbits, but several have been bump into the inner part of the solar system leaving debris in its path. This causes one to see meteors often times referred to as “falling or shooting stars”. Of course stars don’t fall or shoot across the sky though.

Several hands-on activities are planned along with a field trip to the Martz Observatory to view the Perseid meteor shower.

Dates and times are Friday, August 10th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 11th from 8:00 pm – 12:00 am and Saturday, August 18th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The field trip to the observatory is August 11th. Tuition for this camp is $45.00.

Registration and tuition is due July 30th through August 3rd. If taking both camps save $5.00 per camp. For more information log onto our website at or contact Centi Astro-Space Activities by email at or by phone at (716) 397 – 6254 or (716) 489 – 0719.