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Goodbye to Cassini

By Dr. Lisa Will

On Friday, September 15, 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will end its long mission by plunging into Saturn. Cassini was launched in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004. It was the first spacecraft to go into orbit around Saturn and has sent back spectacular data that has vastly expanded our knowledge of Saturn, its rings and its moons.

Some of Cassini’s accomplishments include:

·         Landing the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe on Titan.

·         Discovering the water ice plumes of Enceladus.

Play All Night in Game Masters

Be like Lionel Richie and play "all night long." Come to the Fleet Science Center on Saturday, August 26, for an All-Night Gaming event! You'll have access to 100+ playable video games in Game Masters: The Exhibition, you can indulge in multi-player competition with Mario Kart and Super Smash Brothers on the Giant Dome screen and you can compete in tabletop games provided by IDW and a gaming tournament put on by Fanboy Gaming. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Get Ready for the Upcoming Solar Eclipse!

By Dr. Lisa Will, Resident Astronomer at the Fleet Science Center.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, San Diegans will be able to observe a partial solar eclipse. It will be visible as a total solar eclipse within a narrow path up to 70 miles wide, traversing the contiguous United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Over half of the population of the United States lives within driving distance (400 miles) of the path of the totality, which makes this an amazing opportunity for eclipse enthusiasts.

US Postal Service to Unveil a Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamp at the Fleet Science Center

Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamp
By Nathan Young
 
On Wednesday, August 2, at 6 p.m., the U.S. Postal Service will unveil the Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamp during a ceremony at the Fleet Science Center.
 
The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of your touch. Placing your finger over the black disc on the stamp causes the ink to change from black to clear to reveal an underlying image of the moon.
 

Astronaut Mark Polansky at the Fleet

Astronaut Mark Polansky
By Nathan Young
 
The Fleet is excited to host a special guest on Tuesday, August 15, astronaut Mark Polansky. He will be talking to girls in the Fleet's BE WiSE program, attendees of the Fleet's Science Summer Camps and also making two public appearances where you can have the chance to meet him yourself! 
 

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Up Close!

By Dr. Lisa Will, resident astronomer at the Fleet Science Center. 

NASA’s Juno mission reached Jupiter on July 4, 2016, after a five-year space voyage. On board Juno is a built-in camera, JunoCam, built by San Diego-based Malin Space Sciences Systems. In August 2016, JunoCam started taking the highest-resolution images ever captured of Jupiter, including the first to feature the planet’s polar regions.

The Fleet Is at Comic-Con!

Comic-Con San Diego

By Karla Nafarrate

 

Because you can’t have “science fiction” without “science”.… This year, the Fleet will be hosting not one, but two separate panels at Comic-Con International: San Diego. 

Have you ever wondered if (or when!) computers will take over the world? Or how science-fiction ideas or inventions become reality? Let’s discuss these topics at Comic-Con! Don't miss our panels:

Artificial Intelligence

July 21, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Room 24ABC

Now Accepting Applications for SciTech

SciTech participants from Encanto Middle School

The Fleet is currently accepting applications to bring the popular SciTech program to your school for the 2017–2018 school year.

The Fleet on Tonight in San Diego

The Fleet Science Center was excited to make an appearance on San Diego's own late night talk show, Tonight in San Diego. Check out the Fleet's Ashanti Davis demonstrating the explosive potential of liquid nitrogen to Jesse Egan and Bijan Mostafavi of the Tonight in San Diego Crew. 

America's New Astronauts

After evaluating a record number of applications, NASA will introduce its new astronaut candidates on Wednesday, June 7, at noon (local time) from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The announcement will be broadcast on NASA TV, and you can also watch it live at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive/.

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