Celebrating Astronomy Day, OMSI presents a full day of all things celestial, with opportunity for starry-eyed guests to learn little-known facts about the universe, constellations, stars and planets. Space travel and the fascinating realities of life on the space station are expected hot topics as Silverton-born, astronaut Don Pettit, Ph.D., is the featured guest and speaker. Astronomy Day activities are free and open to the public (parking fees are separate).
One-on-one conversations with local astronomy experts
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Planetarium Lobby
Representatives from local clubs and organizations including Rose City Astronomers, Sunriver Observatory, Oregon Parks and Recreation, Portland State Cascadia Meteorite Lab and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will be on hand to answer questions, lead hands-on activities and discuss space science.
Presentations by astronaut Don Pettit, Ph.D.
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Auditorium
For an in-depth, first person account of life in space, local astronaut Don Pettit, Ph.D., will present free public lectures followed by audience questions. With NASA since 1996, Dr. Pettit is a veteran of three spaceflights and has logged more than 370 days in space and over 13 EVA (spacewalk) hours. He lived aboard the International Space Station for 5 ½ months during Expedition 6, was a member of the STS-126 crew, and again lived aboard the station for 6 ½ months as part of the Expedition 30/31 crew. Pettit’s full NASA bio is available at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/pettit.html. He is also well-known for his astrophotography: https://twitter.com/astro_Pettit
The astronaut presentations are free, but space is limited and reservations are required.
The presentations are expected to fill quickly, but there will be a wait list at the door on the day of the event if space allows.RESERVE SEATS >>