Exploring Mars With Bing

I remember dreaming as a kid what other planets might be like, and I am sure my parents loved that I stuck all of those glow in the dark stars and planet stickers on the ceiling of my bedroom. I mean really, how many of those floating planet projects did we put together growing up? I’m sure that school projects are single handedly keeping the Styrofoam ball industry in business. To be young again! Why the sudden nostalgia for science class? Aside from the cool image of the M82 galaxy on Bing yesterday, tomorrow is the opening of the new “Facing Mars” exhibit at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center which will run from January 30 – May 9, 2010. There is something for everyone at this new exhibit, I can hardly wait to experience Mars and I am sure tons of kids can’t wait to see it either. 

Bing and the Pacific Science center have partnered to help bring attention to the importance of science education through a contest called  “Captain Mike’s Mars Adventure” to let kids explore Mars through Bing. A few winners were chosen to join in the ribbon cutting festivities as well as receive some gifts and a donation to their school for science education. The Bing team would like to congratulate the following space explorers on a job well done:

1st – 2nd Grade Winners


Mark Vilaysane



Injae Lee



Amy Ta

3rd – 4th Grade Winners


Sofia Chinea



Tommy Takayoshi

5th – 6th Grade Winners


Heather Pincus



Jackie Chen



Brittany Pincus

To celebrate the winners of Captain Mike’s Adventure and the opening of the Facing Mars exhibit Bing is sponsoring admission into the Pacific Science Center for the first 200 children on January 30, 2010 – this Saturday!  If you don’t manage to be one of the first 200 kids at the Pacific Science Center you can also mention that you are “Friends of Captain Mike” for $1 off of children’s admission. So grab the neighbors and classmates and head on down to the Seattle Center.

We hope that the excitement and mystery of what exists in space will continue to keep kids interested in science and in learning.

To infinity and beyond,

Kristin Meldahl

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Space, the final frontier

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