Tampa, Fla., Sept. 25, 2014 – Richard Johanboeke, NASA Engineer, will visit MOSI on Oct. 3 as the museum launches the 2014 World Space Week festivities. More than 600 Bay area students will get the opportunity to ask questions, as well as learn about NASA projects such as robotic off-world mining, telescopes and the future of NASA. Following the speaker, join MOSI in Curiosity Park from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to gaze safely at the sun with solar scopes.
To celebrate World Astronomy day on Oct. 4, MOSI will partner with WEDU/PBS to present Space Racers, the newest animated series for preschoolers children. Go on a journey with MOSI and Eagle as we tap into children’s curiosity in S.T.E.A.M. learning. Later in the evening, take part in Skywatch; see the stars, gaze at galaxies and try to find the man in the moon. Ask our astronomy experts your space questions and take advantage of our high-powered telescopes.
Join MOSI throughout the week for space related events and activities. Enjoy daily planetarium shows in The Sanders Planetarium and Hidden Universe in the Florida Hospital IMAX DOME Theatre. Travel to the moon on a space transport to help operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase and participate in emergency simulations to feel like a real astronaut. Get hands-on learning in Idea Zone, where guests can engineer rockets and learn more about off-world robotics. Finally, enjoy MOSI’s S.T.E.A.M.punks as they blast off into space-themed shows. All of these events are free with MOSI general admission and always free for MOSI members.
A University of South Florida graduate, Johanboeke began his career with the Department of Defense supporting the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force in the continental United States and overseas. He transferred from the Air Force to join NASA at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in the Human Spaceflight Office for the Space Shuttle Ground Operation Division and now is in the Construction and Environmental Support Office. He has directly supported the launch effort of Space Shuttle Flights STS – 114 through STS – 135, the Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” and the Juno mission to Jupiter.
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About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology, and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000 square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; or Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36 foot high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can Dream It – Make It – Do it in MOSI’s new technology playground & inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.