Lourdes Appold Planetarium: Dawn of the Space Age

Posted Feb 24th, 2012 by Heather Hoffman  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com


This spring, Appold Planetarium visitors can experience the excitement of the early days of space exploration in Dawn of the Space Age. Viewers will travel through time, from the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik to the state of the art International Space Station. This computer-animated odyssey puts viewers in the cockpits of the first manned space missions and on the lunar surface with the Apollo astronauts.

Dawn of the Space Age begins with the launch of Sputnik and the beginnings of the Space Race. The show includes a visual tour of important Russian space history as well as the American Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs. Along the way are glimpses of the Viking mission to Mars and the Voyager mission to the outer planets. Dawn of the Space Age also explores the International Space Station, the “X-prize” winning private space ship and on to future Mars exploration. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps into space. With increasing international cooperation and commercial spaceflight, we are now on the brink of a new dawn of the space age!

Shows at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 and 31. A video preview of the show can be found at www.lourdes.edu/planetarium.

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children under 12 and for Lourdes students presenting their student ID. Shows at the Appold Planetarium are limited to 50 and often sell out. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Dr. Laura Megeath, Appold Planetarium Coordinator, email planetarium@lourdes.edu or call at 419-517-8897.

Lourdes University’s Appold Planetarium is a proud member of the NASA Museum Alliance and has been designated an official NASA Space Place. Named “Best Place to See the Stars” by Ohio Magazine, the Appold Planetarium features SciDome, a fulldome video system powered by Starry Night – the world’s most comprehensive astronomy software, allowing real-time 3D sky simulation, fulldome shows and multi-media presentations. For a list of current and upcoming shows, visit the Appold Planetarium online at www.lourdes.edu/planetarium.

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Heather Hoffman - Lourdes College | Sylvania, OH

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