SANTA MARIA, Calif.- – Santa Maria’s Allan Hancock college brought back its annual science night. This time, the event also got crowds excited for the historic mission to Mars launched from the Vandenberg Air Force base on Saturday.
From hands-on demos, experiments, arts, a NASA lab, and a planetarium simulator, people of all ages had something to learn about science.
“It’ so beautiful around here,” said Hancock student Jonathan Rojas. “They just show you so many chemicals, explosions…..it’s really amazing.”
Dozens also lined up for a special planetarium experience.
“The people that are waiting in line are going into something that looks like a bounce house but you do not bounce in it,” described Marna Lombardi, a college spokeswoman. “And it’s got all the different constellations in it.”
Meanwhile, kids had fun writing their names and sending messages to aliens on an art wall.
“I like space and I want to learn more about aliens,” said Brandon Rosales. “Kind of like the Starwars aliens you know.”
Organizers of the event said the wall art is meant to look like space junk in our orbit.