NASA's Mars InSight Roadshow reached Lompoc on Wednesday as final preparations continued for Saturday's historic Mission to Mars launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
The Roadshow set up shop at the Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, where attendees were able to view and interact with exhibits related to Mars and the InSight mission, as well as talk with some of the engineers and professionals who are directly involved in the mission.
The Roadshow started more than a month ago in Northern California and slowly made its way to the Lompoc Valley, which is where the West Coast's first interplanetary mission got off the ground Saturday.
A United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V rocket carrying the InSight Mars lander into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-3E successfully launched at 4:05 a.m.
The festivities in Lompoc continued Thursday at a forum with discussion involving professionals in the space industry and members of the Vandenberg Amateur Astronomical Society at the Lompoc Public Library.
Although the launch was Saturday, the final stop on the Roadshow is scheduled for May 19 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.