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Sept. 1, 2005
Contact: Tom Durkin, Director, South Dakota Space Grant Consortium,
Take a Journey Through Space
The NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium and The Journey Museum are co-hosting a day-long event, ”South Dakota Space Day at the Pow Wow: Merging Technology and Tradition,” Friday, Oct. 7, 2005.
Numerous exhibits on space and earth science will be available at the Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more about how technology is revolutionizing how space and earth are studied. Two NASA experts will speak from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Civic Center and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Theatre at the Journey Museum. The morning presentations will give students at the Pow Wow and interested members of the public an opportunity to learn more about NASA and space research. The evening presentations are also open to the public and will be geared toward more of an adult audience.
Dr. Theodore Gull, a NASA astrophysicist with Goddard Space Flight Center and a native of Edgemont, S.D., will present “Space Astronomy: Searching out New Worlds within the Universe.” The talk will cover examples of astronomical discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Infrared Telescope.
Dr. Fritz Hasler, NASA Emeritus and adjunct professor at the University of Utah, will present “Looking at Earth from Space: An Hour of Spectacular Visualization using the NASA/NOAA Electronic Theatre.” Participants will fly in from outer space to see the latest spectacular images from the 2004 Summer Olympics, last year’s tsunami, the Florida hurricanes of 2004 and the Los Angeles/San Diego fires of 2003 from NASA, NOAA and commercial satellite missions.
A reception featuring both presenters will be held at 6 p.m. at The Journey Museum.
As the link between NASA and the citizens of South Dakota, the SD Space Grant Consortium's mission is to instill the spirit of exploration and discovery in students, educators, and in the general public, with a special focus on the fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The Journey Museum, an educational affiliate of the Consortium, is the region’s education venue that serves as a forum to preserve and explore the heritage of the cultures of the Black Hills region and the knowledge of its natural environment so residents and visitors can understand the values of our past, enrich our present, and meet the challenges of the future.
The event is free to the public. For more information on the daytime activities at the Civic Center, you may visit the SD Space Grant Consortium website at www.sdsmt.edu/space or call Tom Durkin at 605-394-1975. For more information on the evening presentations at The Journey Museum, visit the museum’s web-site at www.journeymuseum.org or call 605-394-6923.
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