Join Galen Gisler and Peter Polko in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 to explore the early days of human space exploration. Courtesy/NASA
The first decade and a half of human space adventure was fraught with Cold War tensions, launch failures and tragic accidents, but also some brilliant successes.
Join Peter Polko and Galen Gisler at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16 to explore the trials and tribulations of this period of space history in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium tomorrow evening.
Before 1957, there were no artificial satellites in orbit and no humans had ever been outside our protective atmosphere. Today we enjoy many benefits of humankind’s ventures into space, including navigations systems, vastly improved weather prediction and scientific advances beyond measure. It was not an easy journey to get to this point! Gisler and Polko will discuss highlights from the first 15 years of human space exploration at this talk.
In addition to this program, the nature center will show the full-dome film “EXPLORE” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17. This movie explores the ambition to colonize Mars and how the achievements of individuals can change the world. Enjoy high-quality visuals, custom composed music and professional narration in this immersive film.
Seating is limited for both of these events, so call the nature center at 505.662.0460 or stop by to reserve tickets. Admission to both programs is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for children under age 4.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.