Premiere Planetarium Program on Star-Lab Projector

January 22nd, 2004 by Adam

The Mark Sylvestre Planetarium at Plymouth State University will present “Space Missions in 2004,” at
7 p.m. Tuesday, February 10 at Boyd Science Center.

This is the first public presentation using the planetarium’s new star-lab star projector, which can feature
images of the constellations, Greek mythology and weather patterns.

Sally Jean Jenson, NASA solar system ambassador, will outline the various missions traveling through the solar system in 2004. “This is an especially exciting time for space exploration, with several astronauts making their way into space,” according to planetarium director Dr. Dennis Machnik. ” The Stardust spacecraft is already on its way back to earth, while Saturn will soon undergo studies when the Cassini makes its flight in July of this year.”

At the presentation Jenson will have a sample of aerogel, a lightweight, glassy material used on the Stardust to capture dust from comets. In addition, Dr. Machnik will discuss the February
night sky. Sky charts will be provided.

The event is open to the public at no cost. For further information, call Dr. Machnik at (603) 535-2748.