J. Patrick Lestrade, astronomer and retired physics professor at Mississippi State University, speaks to students from Ben Franklin High School about the Mars Rover. A replica of the Rover, in the foreground, will be on display to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University Center at UNO.

A half-size model of the Mars rover Curiosity concludes its three-day visit to the University of New Orleans Saturday with viewing open free to the public.

The detailed replica, one of two developed by Siemens and NASA, is on display in the University Center Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It's accompanied by Mars videos and other exhibits and demonstrations related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

On Friday night, the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society will train telescopes on the Red Planet starting at 8 p.m., weather permitting. The public is invited to view Mars; there's no charge.

Since 2012, the rover has gathered scientific information from the surface of Mars. It boasts 10 scientific instruments as well as a robotic arm that takes soil samples and photographs.

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