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Join Us! Zoo in Space: Did Pigs Bees, Frogs, Spiders and Butterflies Really Fly in Space?

by Brea Aamoth on March 3rd, 2016

Date: Fri. March 18 at 7pm
Cost: $8 for members, $10 for non-members
(Member level discounts apply)

Have you ever wondered if any animals have flown in space?  Join us as Rob Kelso, Executive Director at the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) tells us about some unusual creatures who have buckled in and flown through space. Discover why these animals flew through space at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s next Maunakea Skies program on March 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

This entertaining program will also focus on some fascinating, and some humorous struggles of day-to-day life in outer space, like why astronauts don’t eat sliced bread! Learn about how astronauts shampoo their hair in outer space, and how they go about using the bathroom during space walks! Join us for a fun filled evening as we explore the secret world of Zoo in Space. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Kelso’s career in flight operations spans 21 years. He was selected to the Flight Director ‘Class of 1988’ following the Challenger disaster, which took the life of Hawaii’s Ellison Onizuka. He directed 25 Space Shuttle missions during the 1980’s and 1990’s.  He served 37 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, formerly holding a position as the NASA Shuttle Flight Director at NASA’s famed Mission Control Center.

During his time in Flight Control, Kelso was instrumental in launching Department of Defense (DoD) spacecraft aboard the Space Shuttle, beginning with overseeing the first DoD launch from Mission Control in January, 1985. He also served as NASA’s Mission Director, responsible for the launch and delivery of the Chandra X-Ray telescope, the last of the great NASA observatories sent into space by NASA. One of Kelso’s last roles at NASA was leading efforts to preserve and protect the Apollo lunar landing sites on the Moon.

‘Imiloa’s monthly Maunakea Skies planetarium presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. Each presentation begins with a tour of the current night sky, featuring stars, constellations, and planets visible to the unaided eye, in our stunning Hawai‘i Island skies.

Member Level Discounts Apply: Cost is $8 for Kupuna, Individual, Dual, and Family members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold, and Corporate Members.

Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 932-8901.


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