Space Fest: Life in Space, purple nebula overlaid with simple organisms

Virtual edition of the Bell Museum’s annual Space Fest begins February 4

Bell Museum, Adrienne Wiseman,, 612-624-0793

The Bell Museum continues its annual Space Fest event virtually February 4-6, 2021

Guests will have the option to choose from a variety of programs, with full details listed here:

A selection of images can be found here


MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (1/26/20) – The Bell Museum will hold its annual event, Space Fest, online Thursday, February 4–Saturday, February 6, 2021. The three-day event will include a variety of virtual activities for all ages. The Bell will host an array of exciting online talks with scientists about space including scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Center, researchers and students from the University of Minnesota, a story time for families, an exclusive History Science Theatre Zoom event, and more! 

To kick off the event, the Bell Museum will host a webinar session The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World An evening with Sarah Stewart Johnson on February 4 at 7:00pm. Sarah Stewart Johnson is an assistant professor of planetary science at Georgetown University. A former Rhodes Scholar and White House Fellow, she received her doctorate from MIT and has worked on NASA’s Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers. She is also a visiting scientist with the Planetary Environments Lab at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. 

In her deeply personal book, Georgetown scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson tells the story of how she and other researchers have scoured Mars for signs of life, transforming the planet from a distant point of light into a world of its own. The Sirens of Mars offers an unlikely natural history of a place where no human has ever set foot, while providing a vivid portrait of our quest to defy our isolation in the cosmos.

The following evening, join fellow space enthusiasts for an exciting night of Space Fest Cosmic Trivia. In the Bell’s first ever trivia night, Bell Museum planetarium staff will lead everyone through several rounds of trivia, with an intermission to create a special cocktail/mocktail. Out-of-this-world prizes will be given to the winning team and individual! 

Also included in the weekend, a special performance that takes participants back in time with History Science Theatre Live: Caroline Herschel. Caroline was the first woman to discover a celestial object, and the first woman to earn a salary as a scientist. Gather your family around the computer to experience an optical demonstration, learn about light pollution, and ask Caroline Herschel your own questions.

Visit the Space Fest event page for additional details and register to participate in multiple events: