Watch the Landing of the Mars Rover Live!

After nearly 300 million miles (470 million km), NASA’s Perseverance rover completes its journey to Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. But, to reach the surface of the Red Planet, it has to survive the harrowing final phase known as Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL).

Watch the live broadcast in the museum’s Space Gallery. Our planetarium Coordinator will be on hand to answer questions.

Family Activity: Visit MARS in 3D – Get a chance to see the Martian landscape in your own new way with 3D glasses that you
make! Learn all about Perseverance’s mission and how 3D glasses and anaglyphs work in this self-guided activity.

Free with Museum Admission

“Perseverance has a lot of groundbreaking objectives and instrumentation for its mission including new radar, creating oxygen from carbon dioxide, searching for microbial life, and returning Martian samples to Earth. But one of the key objectives that we are very excited about is the “helicopter” named Ingenuity tucked into its belly that will make the very first powered flight on another planet!”
– Jennifer Baxmeyer, Executive Director, Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center

Why the Landing is So Exciting to Watch
• Perseverance is the most capable rover ever sent to the Red Planet. With seven science instruments, 23 cameras, and two microphones, this rover will gather more information than ever before about Mars!
• Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) is the most intense phase of the mission. In the seven-minute trip (known as 7 minutes of terror) from the top of the atmosphere to the surface of Mars, hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly for a safe touchdown.
• Perseverance will land in Jezero Crater, a place that holds promise for finding evidence of past microbial life. The rover will collect the most compelling rock samples and store them on the Martian surface for possible return to Earth for a future mission.
• The Mars Helicopter Ingenuity is the first test of powered flight on another planet. Weighing less than 4 pounds, it’s light and strong enough to stow away under the rover and survive the harsh Martian environment. It can fly up to 90 seconds to distances of almost 980 feet at a time, about 10 to 15 feet above the ground.

Nickerson Beach Park

Nickerson Beach Park, part of the Nassau County Park system since 1967, is 155 acres of a sun-drenched recreational facility. It is located along the Atlantic Ocean on Long Island’s South Shore. It offers a half mile of beachfront, a campground for recreational vehicles, Fun Zone, ball fields, swimming pools, numerous athletic courts, a dog run, cabanas and lockers.

It is a great place to relax and soak in the beauty of nature.

The park includes areas by the beach that are cordoned off to protect nesting areas for the Piping Plover, a sparrow-sized shorebird that is protected by federal law.

Tanglewood Preserve

An 11-acre park and preserve, Tanglewood provides a lovely nature trail and a beautifully renovated brick walkway surrounding a pond. The pond has been restocked with fish by the New York State Bureau of Fisheries and fishing is allowed (those under 16 years of age are not required to have a fishing license). Tanglewood also serves as home for the Center for Science Teaching and Learning, a nonprofit educational organization. For information, call 516-764-0045. Visit the Center for Science Website.

Brokerage Comedy Club

The Brokerage Comedy Club opened its doors in 1980 and for the past three decades many of our nations greatest comedians have stepped onto our stage entertaining audiences: Eddie Murphy, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Rob Bartlett, and Tim Allen… just a few to name.

In January 2007, the Brokerage Comedy Club took on new ownership. Since then, our 3000 square foot Club has seen tremendous changes. Our theatre was completely renovated with state-of-the-art audio and video systems; 5 plasma flat screen televisions; and a 6-foot on-stage screen offers guests the ultimate entertainment experience. Our cocktail lounge, The Vaudeville Café includes a 35-foot bar lined with high top tables and comfortable seating encourages guests to enjoy a drink or bite to eat before or after performances. During many evenings guests will witness our chef passing out complimentary hors d’oeuvres as they listen to the sounds of a light acoustic band performing in the corner– All in an effort to insure our guests receive the most pleasurable experience from the second they enter our doors to the moment they decide to leave us for the evening. Our menu has been enhanced and now offers guests an expansive selection of appetizers.

Governors’ Comedy Club of Levittown

For more than a quarter century, Governor’s Comedy has brought the finest comics in the world to Long Island!
Governor’s is the premiere comedy club on Long Island. Our 270-seat room is available for rental, parties, benefits, fundraising events, and is one of the finest comedy venues in America. We can help you with any event or special occasion or – just come on down and laugh – you’re guaranteed to have a great time.

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Recognized by audiences and performing artists as one of the most comfortable, friendly, and acoustically-inviting theatres in the greater New York metro area, the NYCB Theatre at Westbury presents a broad range of acclaimed performers geared to virtually every entertainment taste and interest. The venue has a rich and storied history that begins in 1956 when three partners, Frank Ford, Lee Guber and Shelly Gross, stepped out of car to inspect the underdeveloped industrial site that was to become the Westbury Music Fair.

The brilliant multi-colored striped tent was constructed in Chicago and the 1700 individual chairs sent from New England were chosen especially for comfort. The Westbury Music Fair became a reality on June 18, 1956 when the three entrepreneurs opened their first Westbury production. The show was ‘The King and I’ starring Charles Korvin and Constance Carpenter.

For ten years, Westbury Music Fair presented the best of Broadway on Long Island with top name talent in starring roles. In 1966, recognizing the ever increasing hunger for more entertainment on Long Island, the tent gave way to a state of the art, fully enclosed theatre-in-the-round. The expanded programming enabled Music Fair Productions to present both Broadway shows and top name talent year round.

The first show to be held in the new facility in 1966 was Jack Benny with Special Guest Wayne Newton. Among the many shows to be held at Westbury over the years were performances by Judy Garland (1967), The Who (1968), and Bruce Springsteen (1975) as well as regular appearances by such notable stars as Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Don Rickles, Diana Ross and many more.

Now owned and operated by Live Nation, the NYCB Theatre at Westbury continues to present the best in live entertainment including the top names in contemporary pop, classic rock, comedy, country, and rhythm and blues.

Live Nation Entertainment leads the world in live entertainment and eCommerce, comprised of four market leaders:, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. is the global event ticketing leader and one of the top five eCommerce sites in the world, with over 26 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 20,000 shows annually for more than 2,000 artists globally. Front Line is the top artist management company on planet Earth, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling over 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit

John Cranford Adams Playhouse

Welcome to the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, and the Department of Theater Facilities, at Hofstra University. The Playhouse is a 1105 seat, proscenium-style theater that serves the University, as well as the surrounding community, as the premier cultural venue on the Hofstra Campus. Not only the site for many of Hofstra’s finest theatrical, musical, dance, and lecture events, the venue is also, as the schedule allows, provided as a rental house for local, national, and international productions, conferences, performing arts companies, lectures, school events, and church groups.

The Department of Theater Facilities is a small, dedicated staff of professionals committed to providing our University and rental clients with exceptional advice, assistance, and support to ensure that every event at the Adams Playhouse, from the simplest podium-based lecture to the most lavish of musicals, is a resounding success. It has been my absolute pleasure to work with these talented people as Director of Theater Facilities since 2004, and I am pleased to introduce them to you in the expectation that you will find them as helpful as have I.

Broadhollow at Elmont

Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts

The Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts was organized for the benefit of members of the community to provide education, entertainment, and exposure to cultural experiences. The objective of the organization is to become a resource for both the residents and businesses of the greater Merrick area and to enrich the cultural depth and education of the community at large. Merrick Theatre strives to encourage community based cultural development and creative expression, as well as to provide entertainment for the community as a whole.

Adelphi University Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center houses the Departments of Theatre, Music and Dance, as well as ample rehearsal spaces and concert halls.

The intimate Concert Hall is specifically designed for chamber ensemble, orchestral and vocal performances, but also has the flexibility to fully support lectures, general sessions and other public events requiring a premier level of support. Equipped with a full complement of theatrical lighting, audio and video technology, the Concert Hall is designed to be one of Long Island’s highest quality venues for the performance of classical music.

The Clayton Westermann Stage
Throughout a professional career in classical music that spans six decades, Clayton Westermann has served as the music director and conductor of numerous national and international symphonies and festivals. In Fall 1963, Mr. Westermann taught “Insight into Music,” a course that made a deep impression on then-student Laurence Kessler ’65.

The founder and CEO of Kessler Restaurants, Mr. Kessler has since distinguished himself through his professional accomplishments as well as his commitment to philanthropic and community-oriented activities. More than 40 years after graduating from Adelphi, Mr. Kessler demonstrated the life-long influence of inspired teaching and celebrated Professor Westermann by naming The Clayton Westermann Stage in the Concert Hall in his honor.

Adelphi is grateful to Mr. Kessler for his thoughtful and generous support and honored to have the stage of the Adelphi PAC Concert Hall bear the name of a highly renowned director and conductor of classical music, an extraordinary professor and a cherished friend of the University.
The versatility of the Black Box Theatre gives actors, directors and designers absolute artistic freedom. With flexible seating arrangements, each production can have a customized actor-audience relationship. Combined with a full complement of theatrical lighting, sound and video technologies, this performance space offers unlimited possibilities.

The 179 seat Dance Theatre is a modern performance space.

Through the use of a motorized divider and retractable seating, the cleverly designed Dance Theatre transforms two separate and large rehearsal studios into one modern performance space. Equipped with a full complement of theatrical lighting and audio equipment, and sprung floor, the dance theater reinforces the continued celebration of dance at Adelphi.

The 315 seat Olmsted Theatre is Adelphi’s primary performance space.

Opened in 1974, the Olmsted Theatre has been Adelphi’s primary performance space for more than three decades. Equipped with a full complement of theatrical lighting, audio and video technology, the Olmsted is ideal for theatrical and dance productions, and can also be utilized for simple lectures and meetings.

The Recital Hall is designed to showcase music or voice performances from solo works to chamber ensembles in a truly elegant environment. This intimate and wood-enclosed venue is also an excellent recording studio. With entirely flexible seating arrangements, each performance can be tailored to the performer-listener relationship desired.