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Astronomy and Aerospace Day scheduled for April 19 at Museum of the Rockies

March 27, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Astronomy and Aerospace Day 2015 will take place in Bozeman from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, at the Museum of the Rockies.

The event will include talks by a NASA engineer and a Montana State University alumnus who now works as a systems engineer for Google[x]. All 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 giveaways from NASA missions and MSU researchers. Kids’ activities will take place throughout the afternoon. The planetarium show is “Black Holes.”
Angela Des Jardins, director of Montana Space Grant Consortium, will begin the afternoon presentations at 1 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium. She will be followed at 1:10 p.m., by Geoff Bland, a research engineer with NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility.
Former Curiosity Rover mobility engineer Jaime Waydo will speak at 3 p.m. Waydo, an MSU alumnus, is currently a Google[x] systems engineer on the chauffeur self-driving car program. Both Bland and Waydo will be in the lobby from 2-3 p.m. to meet the public and sign autographs.
Astronomy & Aerospace Day is sponsored by the Museum of the Rockies, Montana Space Grant Consortium, Monforton School Science Program, MSU’s Extended University, Library and Optical Technology Center, the National Library of Medicine, Jake Peterson Photography, AM 1450 KMMS, MY 103.5 and 96.7 KISS-FM.
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Contact: Ryan Hannahoe, or Angela Des Jardins,