Join Geocaching and Pacific Science Center for a special evening of out-of-this-world fun (literally). A Geocaching game piece known as a Travel Bug® is hitching a ride to the International Space Station on November 6th. U.S. astronaut Rick Mastracchio will carry the Travel Bug on his six month mission and use the small metal piece with a unique tracking number, as a tool to teach students back on Earth about geography and science.
Watch the launch from Kazakhstan live in the Pacific Science Center Laser Dome. Doors open at 6pm. The launch is scheduled for 8:08pm. An Astronomy Expert will be onhand to offer play-by-play of the launch. Before the launch, enjoy free activities for all ages, including a space themed laser light show. This is an all ages event with fun and excitement in store for everyone.
Geocaching HQ will issue a virtual Geocaching in Space souvenir to those with Geocaching.com accounts who attend Event Caches during the launch. Since this is a real rocket launch and subject to delays, the launch date could change.The mission is currently scheduled to launch from Kazakhstan at 4:08 GMT on November 7, which is 5:08 a.m. in Berlin and November 6 at 8:08 p.m. in Seattle.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a game that reveals a world beyond the everyday, where the possibility of a new discovery hides under park benches, in the forest, and probably a short walk from where you are right now. The adventure begins by searching for cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. There are millions of geocaches waiting to be found, scattered throughout more than 185 countries around the world.
What is a Geocaching Travel Bug®?
A Geocaching Travel Bug® is a physical Geocaching game piece. You will often find them in geocaches or see them at geocaching gatherings. Each trackable is etched with a unique code that can be used to log its movements on Geocaching.com as it travels in the real world (and, in this case, outside the atmosphere). Some of these items have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles thanks to geocachers who move them from geocache to geocache.
More information about Geocaching in Space can be found here: http://bit.ly/GeoSpaceFAQ
When & Where
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.