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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2001
Contact: Tom Durkin, Deputy Director, S. D. Space Grant Consortium, 394- 1975
Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394- 6082
Space Days a Real Trip
Experience life in a space station, listen to South Dakota’s only astronaut, and learn about Mars during South Dakota/ NASA Space Days, scheduled for Friday, May 4, through Sunday, May 6, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.
Doors are open to area schools and the general public from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. Friday May 4; 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. Saturday May 5; and 9 a. m. to noon Sunday May 6. Space Days is free.
The special event will include:
The International Space Station traveling exhibit ( This is the only attraction that requires advance tickets.) Free tickets are being offered for tours through the ISS exhibit. The ISS exhibit is full on Friday May 4th with school groups, but a few hundred tickets are still available to anyone wanting a tour Saturday afternoon. Send tickets requests via e- mail to Thomas. Durkin@ sdsmt. edu or call 394- 1975. The exhibit also will be open from 9 a. m. to noon Sunday May 6, with no tickets required ( first- come, first- serve).
Featured speaker astronaut Sam Gemar. The South Dakota native will speak at 10 a. m. and 2 p. m. Friday, May 4, and 10 a. m. Saturday, May 5.
Other NASA displays include exhibits on the Space Shuttle, Antarctic Meteorites, Space Food/ Space Suits, and a collection of satellite images of America from Space.
About 30 other exhibits and booths will focus on earth and space science. Material will be available that will be of interest to all age groups.
Many exhibits on earth science, space science, and technology, including many hands- on activities.
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Live satellite conferencing between children at the Civic Center and specialists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Teacher- training workshops.
StarLab Planetarium shows.
Many other fun and interesting activities.
Call 394- 1975 for information or see the Space Days website at www. sdsmt. edu/ space.
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