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Fleetster Friday: Meet Mary Anderson

It’s #FleetsterFriday! This week, we’d like you to meet the Fleetster who has been working here the longest. Mary Anderson, one of the Fleet’s Console Operators, has been with the Fleet since it opened in 1973! Mary has been the primary Console Operator for all of The Sky Tonight planetarium shows—unless, of course, she’s off chasing eclipses and taking amazing astronomy photos! The Sky Tonight planetarium show on Wednesday, September 5, will be Mary’s last before she retires, so don’t miss it!

Fleetster Friday: Meet Mike Lawrence

It’s #FleetsterFriday! This week, we’d like to introduce you to Imperial Beach resident Mike Lawrence. As Theater Operations Manager and Chief IMAX Projectionist, Mike can often be found deep in the basement of the Fleet, preparing giant IMAX film reels for viewing. Did you know that the average IMAX film reel weighs 240 pounds?! Be sure to check out Great Barrier Reef, the Fleet’s newest film, opening July 6! 
 
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Giant Dome Renovation in a Minute

The incredible Heikoff Giant Dome Theater

The Giant Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center was renovated just a few years ago, complete with the world's first NanoSeam Dome screen in an IMAX Theater. Completely redoing our 76-foot hemispherical screen was quite an undertaking, but in this fun video, you can watch it all happen in just one minute.