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Asteroid Day at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
June 30, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Come celebrate international Asteroid Day at Flandrau! On Saturday, June 30, there will be hands-on activities that explore asteroid science from 1-4pm. Plus, there will be a special screening of the planetarium show ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME at 2pm.
The special planetarium show will immediately be followed by an update on the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission from Bashar Rizk, a scientist with the UA’s mission team. UA leads the OSIRIS-REx mission for NASA. Rizk will explain the spacecraft’s journey so far, and what to watch for when it arrives at the target asteroid, Bennu, this fall 2018.
Members of Flandrau will receive a special free admission to the 2pm screening of ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME!
Visitors will learn all about these fascinating space rocks with special guided asteroid activities that educate and entertain, alongside exhibits about asteroids and an array of meteorite specimens. Meteorites are small asteroids that have fallen to Earth. Did you know that there are more than 17,000 Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that fly close to the Earth at some point in their orbit? All those NEOs are asteroids, and more than half of them were discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey based at the University of Arizona!
In addition to general asteroid science, visitors will also learn about NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission.