Earth and Space Exploration Day

Saturday, November 7, 2015 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) 

LOCATION: Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4)

Earth and Space Exploration day is a free annual fall event hosted by the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) on ASU’s Tempe campus inside/outside ISTB 4. The SESE community offers special science-related activities from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space.

More than 40 exhibitors will participate in the 18th annual Earth and Space Exploration Day. One of the biggest attractions is ISTB 4 with its Gallery of Scientific Exploration offering a variety of interactive exhibits and the Marston Exploration Theater, which will be running 3-D astronomy shows. See below for times.

Visitors can also see a replica of Curiosity Mars rover, explore "A" Mountain (Tempe Butte) on a guided field trip, bring rock samples for Dr. Rock to examine, and so much more! 

Each year, the SESE community brings to life its research through innovative hands-on activities as part of this special Earth and Space Exploration Day. SESE’s research portfolio includes projects on every continent of the world, and extends to the Moon, Mars, Mercury, and beyond. We are taking photos of the lunar surface with special cameras, sampling the Red Planet using robotic rovers, studying earthquakes big and small, investigating mud volcanoes in Indonesia and much, much more!

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Attending Earth & Space Exploration Day is free. But we ask that you help us anticipate the number of people that will attend by pre-registering at Pre-registration also allows a speedy check-in for you and your family.



  • 3-D ASTRONOMY SHOWS will be held in the Marston Exploration Theater. Show times: 9:20 am, 10:3 0am, 11:40 am, 1:10 pm, 2:10 pm Tickets will be distributed at entry and the front desk.


  • Experts from the Center for Meteorite Studies to examine your rock specimens to determine if they are meteorites



  • Talks will be held in ISTB 4, Room 240. Talk times: 9:30 am, 10 am, 11 am, 11:30 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm


  • Free teacher resources will be available as well as contacts for outreach and more educational interactions with ASU scientists and students. We provide students with a "passport" that is stamped upon completion of an activity. After the event, some teachers and troop leaders collect the "passports" and award extra-credit or badges based upon the number/types of passport stamps. We encourage educators to visit to collect teacher packets, hand-outs, supplies, posters, etc.