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James S. McDonnell Planetarium Celebrates Independence Day and Fair Saint Louis
The James S. McDonnell Planetarium's iconic shell illuminated red, white and blue for Independence Day. Photo courtesy Saint Louis Science Center
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 2, 2015 - The Saint Louis Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium will be lit red, white and blue beginning July 2 through July 4. The patriotic lighting celebrates both Independence Day and Fair Saint Louis 2015.
On July 2, the Saint Louis Science Center and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium will be open late until 8 p.m. for the enjoyment of visitors.
The James S. McDonnell Planetarium's new LED system was made possible by the Electrical Connection, a partnership of the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One.
Alien World Exhibit Invades Science Center
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 31, 2015 - Alien Worlds and Androids brings the work of scientists to life in an exhibition that presents the possibility of life existing beyond Earth through the use of robots, telescopes, space probes and high-tech laboratories.
The exhibit features scientific and educational content from Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and NASA, plus pop culture characters such as Iron Man and C3PO.
Visitors will join scientists in their search for alien life as they explore technologies used to examine remote solar systems and Earth's extreme environments, discover alien-like creatures found on our planet and learn about scientific developments of robots and androids with artificial intelligence.
"To me, the question is not so much 'are we alone?' but how long will it be before we discover life elsewhere?" said John Lakey, Director of the Saint Louis Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium. "So far we only have evidence of life on our own planet, but we know of other potentially life supporting worlds in our own solar system."
Visitors will investigate how close scientists are to discovering new alien worlds and alien life through exoplanets - planets that exist outside the solar system; extremophiles - creatures that thrive under some of the harshest conditions on Earth; and human microbiomes - a group of alien-like microorganisms in the human body that can be both beneficial and dangerous.
Alien Worlds and Androids invades the Saint Louis Science Center June 6 through September 7, 2015.
The St. Louis Science Center is located just south of Forest Park. The facility is connected to the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park via a walkway across Highway 64. Visitors can enjoy numerous interactive exhibits and educational programs in a space station environment.
Boeing Hall, a new 13,000-square-foot exhibition addition to the Saint Louis Science Center, provides a needed venue to better accommodate traveling exhibitions, and provide space to house unique educational activities on a distinctive, green rooftop terrace.
Visitors will experience the simulation of a space launch as they are transported via the 'StarShuttle' (elevator) to the facility's two upper levels, collectively called the Boeing Space Station. In the SkyBay, over 9,000 twinkling stars and glowing planets can be seen slowly moving across the new 80 sq. ft. dome.
Monday - Thursday & Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(Planetarium closes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday)
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There is no admission fee to the Science Center. However, there is a nominal charge for shows in the OMNIMAX® Theater, the Planetarium and some traveling exhibitions in the Exploradome. For more information, call 314-289-4400 or 1-800-456-7572.
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