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Museum of the Rockies to host Astronomy and Aerospace Day April 5

March 18, 2014 -- MSU News Service

The Triangulum Galaxy, 2.4 million light-years from Earth, resides in the constellation Triangulum and spans some 50,000 light-years. Image by Ryan Hannahoe and Salvatore Grasso.   High-Res Available

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BOZEMAN – Astronomy and Aerospace Day 2014, a free afternoon of astronomy and aerospace events for kids and adults, will be held Saturday, April 5 at Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies. 

The event, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., will include talks by two Montana State University alumni working in space science and engineering – one as a systems engineer for Google[x] and another who is director of the world-famous Adler Planetarium in Chicago. All Astronomy and Aerospace Day 2014 activities are included that afternoon with museum admission. Kids under age 17 and students with a valid college ID have free admission that day.

Exhibits in the main lobby will feature activities, information and give-aways from NASA missions and MSU researchers. Kids’ activities will take place throughout the afternoon. The planetarium show is “Flight Adventures.”
Angela Des Jardins, director of Montana Space Grant Consortium, will begin the afternoon presentations at 1 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium.
Former Curiosity Rover mobility engineer Jaime Waydo speaks at 1:10pm. Waydo, an MSU alumnus, is currently a Google[x] systems engineer on the chauffeur self-driving car program.

At 3 p.m., MSU alumnus Michelle Larson, who is now president and CEO of the Adler Planetarium, presents“Cosmic Wonder: The only thing bigger than the Universe is human curiosity.” Her presentation will take place in the Museum of the Rockies’ Taylor Planetarium.
An autograph session with both Larson and Waydo takes place from 2-3 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium.
Astronomy and Aerospace Day is sponsored by the Museum of the Rockies, Montana Space Grant Consortium, Monforton School Science and Gifted Program, Space Public Outreach Team, Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, as well as MSU's Extended University and the College of Letters & Science.
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Contact: Ryan Hannahoe,