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September 15, 2011 in Fall 2011 Newsletter, Planetarium News

Shuttle Retirement Party a Stellar Success!
Shuttle Party

The Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium hosted a Shuttle Retirement Party featuring a live broadcast of the final launch of Atlantis, Friday, July 8. The event was attended by over 260 adults and children and the excitement of seeing the launch could hardly be contained.

Children and adults waited patiently as the countdown was stopped at 31 seconds due to a system error. When the countdown resumed, cheers could be heard all around the planetarium. As the shuttle launched into space, everyone was visibly moved by the historical event and cheered again as the shuttle made its way towards the space station.

After the launch, children were treated to astronaut ice cream and crater cake created by Commander Kaet. Kids also participated in launching their own shuttles in the planetarium courtyard.

See photos of the event at http://louisville.edu/planetarium.

The Portable Dome is One Step Closer to its Campaign Goal
GeoDome in Louisville

As the planetarium moves out of the quiet phase of a campaign for the dome, it is nearly a third of the way to meeting its goal. The GeoDome is a portable planetarium that can be taken to schools districts around the state and in southern Indiana that cannot afford field trips to the planetarium.

A donor has agreed to pledge $30,000 towards the purchase of a portable dome—which is contingent upon matching funds. The planetarium development officers are working hard to help support the facility’s mission to make this unique science education experience available to all K-12 teachers and students.

To learn more about how you can support the portable dome, contact Paula Campbell at 502-852-0566 or e-mail her at paula.campbell@louisville.edu.