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International Space Station theme for Star Days Feb. 27, March 1

       The Space Foundation's Discovery Center will present a live feed of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission launch Thursday, Feb. 27 from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan.
       Attendees can bring their own food to the center for the “lunchtime launch watch” between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., a press release states.
       During that time, admission will be free. From 1 to 8 p.m., the normal admission fee of $9 (discounts for some), will apply.
       The Discovery Center is a space, science and technology attraction offered by the Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate agency for space technology. The location is 4425 Arrowswest Drive, just off of Garden of the Gods Road.
       GPM is a new international satellite endeavor to provide more comprehensive data about planet-wide rainfall and precipitation. It's summarized in a nine-minute film about GPM (titled “Water Falls”), which is presented periodically on the center's Science on a Sphere.
       Feb. 27 will also kick off the center's monthly "Star Days" from 5 to 8 p.m., with programs and activities related to a theme, which this time will be the International Space Station (ISS).
       Included will be Sphere showings of “Water Falls” (6 p.m.) and “Tour of the Solar System (6:30 p.m.),” the interactive Mars Robot Challenge (6 to 7 p.m.), a “build a space station” craft activity (6 to 8 p.m.) and outdoor telescopes (7 to 8 p.m., weather permitting).
       Most of the same Star Days activities will be offered again Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       For more information, call 576-8000 or go to http://spacefoundation.org.

From a press release
(Posted 2/21/14)

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