Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium will mark the end of NASA’s 30-year exploration program with a Shuttle Retirement Party as the space shuttle Atlantis makes its final journey on Friday, July 8.
The party will be held 11 a.m. – noon at the Planetarium and will include live viewing of the 11:26 a.m. launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and video highlights of previous shuttle missions. Activities for children will include mini rocket launches, building marshmallow shuttles and making liquid nitrogen ice cream.
The celebration will take place even if the launch is canceled or rescheduled.
If the launch is scratched, there will be in the dome an overview of the shuttle program, footage of previous launches, and more.
Four astronauts will be aboard the Atlantis for a 12-day assignment to deliver supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. The historic flight will be the 135th and final mission of NASA’s space shuttle program.
Parking is available at UofL’s North Information Center which is located off of Cardinal Blvd., and in the Speed Art Museum parking lot off Third St.
For more information contact Paula McGuffey at 502-852-5855.