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. 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. 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!

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! 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.

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Attending Earth & Space Exploration Day 2015 is free (including parking). But you can 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.



The Marston Exploration Theater will be offering 3-D astronomy shows.

The Center for Meteorite Studies features interactive displays, touchable specimens, and a video display of the collection’s specimens. Staff will be on hand to inspect potential meteorite specimens in person. Only one sample will be identified per person.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Science Operations Center, located in Interdisciplinary A, will be open. Visit the Moon rock and enjoy a guided walk through of the Visitors Gallery.



We will hold a series of talks in ISTB 4 room 240 as part of ESE Day activities. Talks will be 25-30 minutes in length, plus Q&A, and will be appropriate for the general public (including children). 



  • Hungry? Need caffeine to keep up with the kids?

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from three gourmet food trucks and a coffee cart located outside ISTB 4 for your convenience. They will be located on the north side of Terrace, near the entrance to the Rural Parking structure.

  • Are you an educator or a troop leader?

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” (PDF) and award extra-credit or badges based upon the number/types of passport stamps. Ask your child’s teacher or leader if he/she offers credit for this.

Teachers are especially encouraged to attend. Free teacher resources will be available such as educator packets, hand-outs, supplies and posters, as well as contacts for outreach and more educational interactions with ASU scientists and students.

  • Need a memento of your special day?

The ASU GeoClub will be selling minerals and fossil specimens

  • Thank you!

We sincerely thank our local community supporters for their generosity. Support Earth and Space Exploration Day