Stargazing at the Roger Chaffee Planetarium

Grand Rapids Public Museum. PlanetariumIf you actually happen to take me up on the suggestion from yesterday to discover King Tut while he’s in GR, I’d also like to recommend paying an extra $4 to see one of the awesome planetarium shows in the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium (also at the Grand Rapids Public Museum), which had a 1.2 million dollar upgrade just last year in 2014. Roger Chaffee Planetarium quote by Gerald Ford The planetarium was named in honor of the astronaut from Grand Rapids who lost his life in 1967 during the Apollo 1 spacecraft fire. Star gazing at the planetariumChaffee Planetarium’s own literature says it best: “All of the brand new shows feature the latest Digistar projection technology and immersive surround sound for an unbelievably rich and realistic experience. Recline, relax and experience the incredible forces of our universe.” We found this to true! It’s recommended for age 8 and above, but even our Giles got into it after the show began. Constellations outlined at the Roger Chaffee Planetarium For those of us who love star-gazing, there’s a really helpful program explaining some of the major constellations visible in the night sky right now in our area. Back to the Moon for Good The program we saw was a very inspirational documentary called “Back to the Moon for Good.” One Giant Step for Man           In less than a half an hour, it explains the history of space exploration Google's Lunar X Prize and challenges inquiring minds to consider competing for Google’s Lunar X Prize, which has offered 20 million to the first team who develops a rover Back to the Moon for Goodthat can successfully travel to the moon and across 500 meters of surface before returning to the earth. Are you inspired? I think I’m too old, but maybe you aren’t, and who knows what our kids or grand kids might do?! Moon explorationMaybe moon exploration isn’t your area of expertise or vision, but may I challenge you to consider what is…and to pursue it with all the enthusiasm you can muster? My passion is writing, and one of my sons really challenged me to try to write even more, so I’m going to try to write a book this fall in addition to my blogging. How about you? Got a passion? I’d love to hear all about it! Imagining the future on the moon

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

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