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An Interview With an Astronaut

With the launch of our new exhibit, Destination Station, we've been lucky to have astronauts available to chat with us here at the Fleet! Mike Hopkins was selected in July 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. On September 25, 2013, Hopkins launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. During his stay aboard the space station, Hopkins conducted a pair of U.S. spacewalks to change out a degraded pump module for a total of 12 hours and 58 minutes. Hopkins returned to Earth on March 10, 2014, after 166 days in space.

Introducing the Tinkerers' Club

Onager catapult

The Fleet’s Tinkering Studio, a place where tinkerers of all ages can create, explore and experiment, has expanded to include the Tinkerers’ Club!

Girl Scout Sleepover at the Fleet

Sleepover at the Fleet

Ever want to spend an adventurous night in a museum?

On Saturday, June 28, your Girl Scout is invited to the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center’s Girl Scout Sleepover. She will have the opportunity to explore mind- boggling Illusions, the science behind how human cells are formed, the importance of water conservation and more in our eight interactive exhibit galleries. She will also get to attend two fun, educational workshops, participate in a scavenger hunt, and view Frozen on the Giant Dome Screen.

ILLUSION: Can You Believe It When You See It?

You. Here. Now., an exhibit in ILLUSION

Is anything really as it seems? After all, the human mind can be very easily fooled.

ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems, a mind-boggling next exhibition, will distort your senses and challenge you to think of the world in a new way. ILLUSION features intriguing exhibits that deceive the eyes of the visitor, showing that what we perceive is often radically different from the reality we observe.

Here are some exhibits within ILLUSION that you won’t want to miss:

Tonight's Lunar Eclipse

Eclipse Viewing Information by Dr. Lisa Will, the Fleet's resident Astronomer

Night owl alert! We San Diegans should have a spectacular view of tonight's lunar eclipse if the clouds/marine layer stay away. The full moon will start passing into the darkest part of the Earth's shadow around 11 p.m. tonight. The total eclipse will begin around midnight and last until 1:30 a.m. The moon will fall completely out of the Earth's shadow around 3 a.m.

This Sensational Summer Is Dedicated to YOU!

The Summer of You

The Summer of You is in full swing at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. This is our way of saying “thank you” for giving us 40 years of wonderful memories. Without you, we could never accomplish our mission to inspire lifelong learning by helping the public engage with science and technology. We invite you to visit us and join in the celebration of YOU.

Fleet 40th Anniversary Trivia #2

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Want more Reuben H. Fleet Science Center trivia? Well, we’ve got your quiz fix right here. Try these challenging questions and find out how much you know about the Fleet.

 

1. What is the name of the “living experiment” currently featured at the Fleet that explores the how life on Earth may have been started?

A. Bubbling Liquids and Zapping Electricity

B. The Miller and Urey Exhibit

C. Science Through Art

D. Origins of Life

 

Fleet 40th Anniversary Trivia #1

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Here at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, we’re celebrating our fortieth anniversary. We thought that a smart way to get into a celebratory mood is through some Fleet trivia. See how many you get right, and find out if you are a Fleet Genius.

1. The Fleet bustles with lots of activity during the week. Do you know how many students participate in programs at the Fleet each school year?

A. 5,000

B. 10,000

C. 50,000

D. 100,000

 

2. Which interstellar villain visited the Fleet during a science fiction film festival here in 1981?

This Month's Experiment - Rainbow of Colors

This Month's Experiment - Rainbow of Colors

Brandon and Caitlin create a rainbow in a test tube using common household materials. Downloadable instructions below so you can try this experiment at home!

Gazin' With the Experts

The Solar System

One of the greatest thrills for a beginning backyard astronomer is to view the heavens through a telescope. Because there are a number of astronomy clubs and professional observatories in San Diego and Southern California, many opportunities exist for the public to explore the cosmos in this way.