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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! 
 

Organic Compounds on Mars

Mars Curiosity Rover

by Dr. Lisa Will

The latest news from Mars Curiosity is awesome!

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, NASA announced the Mars Curiosity rover discovered evidence of organic compounds in the soil of Mars and methane in the Martian atmosphere. The Curiosity rover is a mobile chemistry laboratory, capable of measuring chemicals in the soil and atmosphere. It’s been doing measurements in Gale Crater since August 2012.

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Fleetster Friday: Meet Tanja Schroeder

It’s #FleetsterFriday! This week, get to know Senior Manager of Volunteer Programs and Training, Tanja Schroeder. Tanja heads up our awesome army of volunteers and is one of the first faces new employees see during New Employee Orientation. If you love science and you need volunteer hours, Tanja is your girl! Visit fleetscience.org/volunteer to apply today!

 

  1. Describe your job in four words

Connecting people to science!

 

Summer (Camp) Lovin'

Did you know that Fleet's Summer Science Camps are a great way to keep your children and grandchildren involved in science education all year long?  Just ask Mike Pineda, a Fleet member, who has been registering his eight year old twin boys in education programs for the past two years.

 

April’s shooting stars!

A shot of the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower as it peaked in the skies over Earth.

The Lyrid meteor shower will dazzle the skies this weekend. This meteor shower—one of the oldest meteor showers known to man—occurs every April when the Earth crosses the orbital path of the Comet Thatcher. Tiny bits of ice and dust from this comet hit the Earth’s atmosphere, causing a streak of light across the sky—a meteor!

The Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour. Those rare outbursts are not easy to predict, but they’re one of the reasons the tantalizing Lyrids are worth checking out.

It takes more than luck ...

Did you know that only one out of 10,000 clovers has four leaves? This might make your St. Patrick’s Day hunt a bit harder than you think. Let us help you find your “lucky” four-leafed clover … with science!

 

First, you need to find the perfect place. You can find approximately 200 clovers in a plot of clover-growing grass or field that spreads about one-square foot. This means that a space of about 12-square feet should contain a four-leaf clover.

 

Remembering Stephen Hawking

by Brianne Brown

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." –Stephen Hawking

March 14th is generally a celebration of all things math and science. One of science’s most recognizable figures is Albert Einstein, whose birthday is celebrated alongside Pi Day (3.14—the numerical equivalent of pi). But while STEM enthusiasts have cause for celebration today, so too do we mourn the loss of Dr. Stephen Hawking, who died early Wednesday morning at the age of 76.

The Moment of Truth

By Jackie Valentine

Just a few weeks ago, the Fleet hosted our second Paper Airplane Day in the theater lobby. Participants mixed aerodynamics with origami techniques to construct a properly balanced plane. The planes had to be the right size and shape to generate enough lift to fly. No cuts or tape were allowed. Drawing on the templates of the current paper airplane distance world record holder, we explored sophisticated “nose locking” folds that helped keep the nose end components of the plane together during flight.

First Date: A Fleet Love Story

The Fleet has members throughout the United States. But Dr. Stephen Skaper and his wife, Dr. Laura Facci, are our only international members. While living in San Diego, Stephen joined the Fleet the year we opened, and over the past 45 years, he and Laura have supported us while they lived here, then in England and now in Italy, where they are semi-retired.

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