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From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

UAA Planetarium
UAA Planetarium
Friday, Jun 24, 2022 at 6:30 PM (AK)

Presented by UAA Planetarian and Solar System Ambassador, Omega Smith

The five major aspects of a mission lifecycle—design, construction, testing, launch, and operations—are highlighted through examples of NASA missions, including the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the James Webb Space Telescope. Each of the show’s three sections starts with a setup question that defines the “problem” that an engineering team aims to solve, giving audiences a balanced, large-scale overview of spacecraft engineering, described contextually using exciting, real-life projects. The show’s major themes include problem solving to cope with expected—and unexpected—challenges, the importance of advance planning and testing, learning from mistakes, and working with a team.

"From Dream to Discovery" is one hour long consisting of a fulldome film and live presentation. Ticket reservations are available online only at Remaining tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the day of the show. The planetarium will open for seating 30 minutes before the start of each show. You must be in the theater 10 minutes before the show starts. Reserved seats will be released after this time to stand-by customers. There is no entry after the show begins.

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3101 Science Circle Anchorage, AK 99508

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