Field Trip Friday: Going to Mars? We are. This Space Center Houston festival takes look inside NASA mission to visit Moon, Mars

HOUSTON – Space Center Houston’s Moon2Mars Festival is coming to the Houston venue June 9 through 12.

The event is an annual festival and business conference featuring emerging ideas and technologies that will transport humans to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

From cutting-edge space technologies, including Venturi Astrolab’s conceptual lunar rover, FLEX event-goers will understand the role Houston plays in future space exploration.

Scheduled performers include Katie Toupin, SHAED, Aaron Watson and American Authors.

KPRC 2′s Zach Lashway spoke with California-based Venturi Astrolab’s founder and CEO, Jaret Matthews about FLEX which is expected to efficiently explore the moon by 2025.

Matthews said this rover will enhance lunar exploration and meet the demand for manned missions to the moon.  The rover is being designed with NASA’s Artemis program.

“Space City is known for the driving innovation and it’s the home of Mission Control, so there’s no better place to experience the latest in space exploration than at Space Center Houston, said William Harris, President and CEO of Space Center Houston. “We are excited to provide people of all ages with access to the latest in space tech and to celebrate together as we look ahead at exploring more of the lunar surface and preparing to send astronauts to Mars.”

Go here for the full schedule.

Go here for tickets (which include general admission access to Space Center Houston).

About the Authors:

A graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown, Ana moved to H-Town from sunny southern California in 2015. In 2020, she joined the KPRC 2 digital team as an intern. Ana is a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, a catmom of 3, and an aquarium enthusiast. In her spare time, she's an avid video gamer and loves to travel.

Zachery “Zach” Lashway anchors KPRC 2+ Now. He began at KPRC 2 as a reporter in October 2021.