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Astronomy and Aerospace Day set for April 17 in Bozeman

March 11, 2016 -- MSU News Service

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A free afternoon of astronomy- and aerospace-related events for kids and adults will be held at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17.

Featured speakers will include a Montana State University alumnus who now works as a systems engineer for X (formerly Google[x]) and a University of Montana astronomer.

All Astronomy and Aerospace Day 2016 activities are included that afternoon with Museum of the Rockies 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 and exhibits from researchers based at MSU, UM and Flathead Valley Community College, as well as businesses, clubs and organizations. Kids' activities will take place throughout the afternoon. The planetarium show is “To Space and Back.”
Angela Des Jardins, director of Montana Space Grant Consortium, will begin the afternoon presentations at 1 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium.

At 1:10 p.m. is a talk by George Seilestad, a Montana-based astronomer and Earth system scientist who is author of “Dawn of the Anthropocene: Humanity’s Defining Moment.”

Former Curiosity Rover mobility engineer Jaime Waydo speaks at 3 p.m. Waydo, an MSU alumna, is currently a systems engineer with X on the chauffeur self-driving car program.

Astronomy and Aerospace Day is sponsored by the Museum of the Rockies, MSU Extended University, MSU Libraries, Montana Space Grant Consortium, Clancy School Science Program, the Regional Library of Medicine and the Space Public Outreach Team.

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Contact: Suzi Taylor, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7957 or; Ryan Hannahoe,