South Downs Planetarium

& Science Centre

Covid Compliant Shows

The Hunt for Life on Mars.


Ticket booking

Friday 25th June @ 7:30pm

About This Show

Please read our Coronavirus information here

Limited Seating During Coronavirus

Audience numbers limited due to Social Distancing requirements. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before advertised showtime because it now takes longer to load the auditorium.

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About This Show

The Hunt for Life on Mars

Mars will be the next big adventure for the human species. Is there some form of microbial life already there? Was there life there at some time in the distant past? Today, Mars is a freezing cold, dry desert planet with an incredibly thin atmosphere where, even on the warmest days, temperatures barely top zero. But early in its history, Mars was warmer and wetter, with a denser atmosphere. There were streams, rivers and lakes, perhaps even small seas. Did some form of Martian life exist back then? This Planetarium show will explore all of these intriguing possibilities.

The Hunt for Life on Mars is taking place right now. The Mars Rover Perseverance has landed in Jezero Crater where there was once a deep open lake fed by a river that flowed into it. Perseverance will scour the mud, sand and sediments brought down by that river for traces of ancient microbial life. What will it find?

Come to the Planetarium to find out about the very latest discoveries from Mars and the exciting avenues that the discovery of ancient life on Mars might mean for the existence of life in general elsewhere in our Galaxy on the many Earth-like worlds that are being discovered beyond our Solar System.

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Coronavirus Information

The video below explains the measures we have taken to make the Planetarium ‘COVID-Secure’.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, by making a booking, you as ticket holders agree to comply with the safety measures set out in :- 'Our Response to Coronavirus document'

  • Admission: Adults £8:00. Children 6 to 16 years £5:00.
  • Not Suitable for children under 6 years of age.
  • Duration 60min Approx
  • Opening Times: 45 minutes before the show.
  • Two large FREE car parks available.
  • Patrons should aim to arrive no later than 15 minutes before the published start time of the show.


To ensure that you have the best possible experience, please inform us in advance about any disability needs for assistance or special requirements. More about Accessibility here


cancellations must be received at least 24 hours before the booked show date and time in order to receive a refund or make an alternative booking