Celebrating Jake Garn’s 25th anniversary of spaceflight

Celebrating Jake Garn’s 25th anniversary of spaceflight
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As the space shuttle’s flight schedule comes to an end, Utah’s former Astronaut and Senator, Jake Garn, is reflecting on his experiences aboard the space shuttle Discovery 25 years ago. On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, Clark Planetarium will host Senator Garn for a public presentation about his experiences as an astronaut.

This family-friendly event will provide audiences the opportunity to learn first hand about the experiences of an astronaut who has also been a long standing member in the Salt Lake community.  “Jake Garn is a tireless and tremendously effective advocate for space science education,” explains Clark Planetarium director, Seth Jarvis. “Jake has been a invaluable member of our Board of Directors since we opened seven years ago and his perspective on the U.S. space program and its role in our society are both thought provoking and definitely worth paying attention to.”

After Senator Garn’s presentation, audiences will take a three dimensional journey into the far reaches of the universe through the newly released IMAX film, Hubble 3D. Narrated by three-time Academy Award nominee, Leonardo DiCaprio, the film explores the significance of the Hubble Space Telescope and how the instrument has better helped us to understand the universe and the extraordinary work performed by shuttle astronauts to maintain and improve the telescope.

The event will take place Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the ATK IMAX Theatre. Tickets are available for $8 for adults, $6 for children under 12, or free for Clark Planetarium members. Tickets can be purchased on the planetarium’s website or at the ticket window.

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