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'Star Days' theme at Space Discovery Center Jan. 30, Feb. 1

       The Space Foundation will feature a “Star Days” theme for activities Thursday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Feb. 1 in its Space Discovery Center.
       New on the 30th will be evening hours, including Cool Science hands-on demonstrations between 6 and 8 p.m., a Create-a-Telescope activitiy (while supplies lasts) in honor of early astronomers Galileo and Copernicus, the unveiling of an SES-1 satellite model exhibit and Science On a Sphere presentations of the nine-minute NASA film, “Water Falls,” (at 6:45 and 7:20 p.m.).
       The above activities, as well as the new exhibit, will also be made available Feb. 1, according to information in a press release.
       The foundation and its Discovery Center are at 4425 Arrowswest Drive off Garden of the Gods Road. The center also includes the Northrop Grumman Science Center and the El Pomar Space Gallery of space artifacts and interactive displays. Cost of admission is $9 for adults, with reduced prices for seniors, military, students and children.
       Normal center days/times are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The time range Jan. 30 will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the release adds. Also offered that day between 6 and 8 p.m. will be a chance to meet KRDO Chief meteorologist Matt Meister.
       Created by the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) specifically for Science On a Sphere, “Water Falls” discusses the importance of water to the world's climate and details the GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) mission, which will monitor and measure precipitation around the globe.
       The Space Foundation is a non-profit advocate for space exploration and technology. Its Discovery Center “is the region's first and only space, science and technology attraction," the press release states.
       For more information, call 576-8000 or go to http://www.spacefoundation.org.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 1/21/14)