PostHeaderIcon Science with a Twist, Astronomy Day, and Carnival of Space

First off Astronaut Greg Johnson will be at this week’s Science with a Twist on Thursday April 15th at Pacific Science Center. The event is also on Facebook. I’ll be there too, holding a brief discussion about false color, and Toni Meyers, director of Hubble 3D will be speaking about the film.

“Science with a Twist will celebrate Hubble 3D. Toni and Greg will circulate during the event and introduce the film and answer questions after the film. Pacific Science Center’s resident NASA Solar System Ambassador, Alice Enevoldsen, will  also lead you through an explanation of astronomical images: What do you see vs. What’s really there? Tickets for staff are only $17 (21 +, ID required)”

Toni Myers is the director and producer of Hubble 3D and one of the few women directors in the history of IMAX filmmaking. Toni has worked on IMAX documentaries since 1971. She has worked on every IMAX space film and has worked directly with over 120 astronauts and cosmonauts in the making of the IMAX space films. She has an extensive background in a variety of films in addition to  IMAX filmmaking .  In addition to documentary projects she has a background in the music world having worked on music projects for the Beatles’ company, Apple; and individual features and videos for John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The IMAX documentaries that Toni has worked on have been among the most successful here at the Science Center including Under the Sea 3D.   For her work on Hubble 3D  the astronauts of the STS-125 crew presented her with the Silver Snoopy Award in recognition of her excellence and

achievements in bringing the space experience to IMAX audiences around the world.

Greg Johnson graduated from West Seattle High School and from the UW  with a degree in aerospace engineering.  He received his Naval Aviator wings in December 1978.  He served as a senior research officer in Office of Naval Research. He has logged over 9500 flying hours in 50 aircraft and has over 500 carrier landings. In 1990, he was accepted as an aerospace engineer and research pilot at NASA . He joined the astronaut program in 1998. He was the pilot the final Space Shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. On this mission he logged almost 13-days in space—–traveling 5,276,000 miles in 197 Earth orbits at 17,500 miles per hour. And he was an IMAX cinematographer on the mission.

Next, April 24th will be Astronomy Day at Pacific Science Center. Here’s a copy of that e-mail:

Calling all astronomy enthusiasts!

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope at Pacific Science Center on April 24th.

What: Pacific Science Center presents Astronomy Day

When: Saturday, April 24th 10am-6pm

Where: Pacific Science Center

Astronomy Day this year will be in style at Pacific Science Center! With planetarium shows, hands-on exhibits in Facing Mars, facilitated space-themed activities with our onsite Science Interpretation staff, crafts, and the eagerly-anticipated IMAX film Hubble 3D this day of science just won’t end.


Hubble 3D

Showing April 24th at 10:30am & 11:45am

The perfect way to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope is to take in a screening of this new IMAX film which is gaining rave reviews! Today’s Seattle Times review calls Hubble 3D an “extraordinary spectacle” and an “out of this world documentary.”

Roving Mars

Showing April 24th at 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm

Go behind the scenes with NASA scientists and engineers as they worked to design Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, to travel millions of miles to Mars and report back!


Facing Mars

Open 10am-6pm

Here’s your chance to experience the sensations, emotions and conditions of a real trip to Mars without ever leaving Earth! Build your own simple rocket, take a “Mars Walk,” see firsthand what microgravity does to the human body and so much more!

Last, you should go look at Carnival of Space #149!

Okay, enough advertising. I’ll tell you more science-y stuff next week.

~ A l i c e !

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