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2009-06-03 13:22:31

NASA has selected 13 informal education providers to share $6.9 million in grants through the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums. Participating organizations include museums, planetariums, Challenger Centers, aquariums, and other institutions of informal education. Selected projects will partner with NASA's Museum Alliance, an Internet-based, nationwide network of more than 350 science centers, planetariums, museums, aquariums, zoos, observatory visitor centers, NASA...

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2009-05-28 11:10:00

Actress and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg narrates Journey to the Stars, a new space show opening July 4 at New York's Hayden Planetarium. Goldeberg is a panelist on the TV chat show The View. She also won an Oscar for her performance in the supernatural romance Ghost. The American Museum of Natural History said the pre-recorded planetarium show she narrates launches visitors through time and space to experience the life and death of the stars in our night sky. Travel 13 billion years into...

2009-05-07 07:23:00

BREMERTON, Wash., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. proudly announces a new software platform for the company's market-leading Digitarium(R) line of digital planetarium systems. Digitarium(R) systems combine a specialized computer control unit, DLP projector, and proprietary fisheye lens to project 3D content onto an immersive hemispherical screen. The control unit's integrated planetarium and multimedia display software is easily operated with Digitalis' unique...

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2009-05-05 15:32:59

The European Space Agency says the world premier of its digital show Touching the Edge of the Universe is planned this month at 30 European planetariums. Thursday's premier at planetariums in Germany, Austria and Switzerland is planned just days before the May 14 scheduled launch of the ESA's Herschel and Planck spacecraft -- two of the missions described in the program. Touching the Edge of the Universe tells the story of astronomy from the time of Galileo and his simple optical telescope to...

2009-02-16 12:24:00

Trip to Space Camp Up for Grabs for Winning Student, Teacher CHICAGO, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- ComEd and the Adler Planetarium today announced the Third Annual Shoot for the Moon essay contest. This year, high school students are asked to write an essay about a teacher who has inspired them to "shoot for the moon" and succeed in science. The student with the winning essay will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Space Camp in Alabama, and - new this year - the winner's inspirational teacher...

2008-09-20 12:00:11

By Anonymous The North Museum of Natural History & Science, 400 College Ave., will be hosting an "out of this world" Family Science Sunday on Oct. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., as the museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA. Paul Crawford, one of two chairmen for the Safety and Engineering Review Panel for NASA's Constellation Project, will be speaking at 1:45 and 3:30 p.m. He'll discuss the possibility of human exploration...

2008-08-01 06:00:07

By Amanda Palleschi, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Aug. 1--No. 19 never got a chance to fly. Unlike 11 of his brothers and sisters, No. 19 didn't get a monkey to ride him into space, or a famous astronaut-turned-politician like John Glenn (his seventh sibling received that honor). No. 19 was always the backup singer, the tester, the assistant. But on Thursday, No. 19 became a proud symbol of St. Louis aerospace history. The space capsule rode through his hometown to his new home at the St....

2008-07-09 15:00:22

By Kristin Edwards, The Huntsville Item, Texas Jul. 9--During the summer, specific constellations make prominent appearances in the night sky, and stars of various colors are more visible than at any other time during the year. For Huntsville residents, the summer months also provide a chance to learn more about those stars during special presentations at the Sam Houston State University planetarium. The presentations will include a seasonal film entitled "The Colors of Summer,"...

2008-06-19 09:00:36

By Glenn Jeffers, Chicago Tribune Jun. 19--There's something comforting about the low timbre of Robert Redford's voice. It makes planetary destruction seem less catastrophic. You certainly feel the devastation in "Cosmic Collisions," a new film narrated by the award-winning actor/director now playing in the Adler Planetarium's StarRider Theater. The movie, which runs about 30 minutes, tells an explosive story, one that demolishes Earth, pulls apart the Milky Way and bombards us with so...

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2006-08-16 17:34:24

WASHINGTON - The idea that our nine-planet solar system may soon join the obsolete world of eight-track tapes and slide rules should send science teachers, textbook writers and toymakers back to the cosmic drawing board. "Does it make our products obsolete?" asked Kim McLynn, spokeswoman for Illinois-based Learning Resources, which makes an inflatable solar system and a Planet Quest game. "Wow, a whole new universe." Though not approved yet, the 76-year-old lineup of the solar system's...


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