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Vesta Fiesta > Flagship celebration at the Pasadena Convention Center

What:    VESTA FIESTA! Celebrating NASA and the Dawn spacecraft as it Explores New World of protoplanet Vesta
Where:  Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
When:   Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 1:00 – 6:30 p.m. PDT

Streaming Video

On Saturday, August 6, portions of the Vesta Fiesta flagship celebration in Pasadena will be carried live on the NASA Digital Learning Network (DLiNfo) Channel starting at 3:00 p.m. PDT.

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Welcome to the Asteroid Belt! You and your family are cordially invited to VESTA FIESTA, a party dedicated to celebrating NASA's Dawn Mission's adventures as the spacecraft is captured into orbit around the protoplanet Vesta and begins the exploration of this thrilling new world. Dawn will spend about a year in orbit around Vesta, the second most massive object in the main asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter, before continuing on to orbit Ceres – the most massive body in the asteroid belt.

Bring your family! Watch Rosetta Mission scientist Dr. Claudia Alexander "Cook Up a Kitchen Comet" using dry-ice and her secret ingredients. Leap into hands-on science activities: ride along with Dawn's ion propulsion system in a cool interactive, make your own asteroid model, and touch a genuine iron meteorite while checking out a vast meteorite collection—including one from Vesta! Meet real NASA scientists and ask the questions you've always wanted to ask.

Schedule of Events

Time Event
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. PDT Educational activities, games and NASA mission displays for the whole family
3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. PDT A message from Bill Nye the Science Guy
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. PDT Cooking Up a Kitchen Comet with Dr. Claudia Alexander, Rosetta Mission Project Scientist
- Streamed Live!
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT Educational activities, games and NASA mission displays for the whole family
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. PDT Presentation by Dawn Mission Science Team - Streamed Live!