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Fleetster Friday: Meet Ivel Gontan

It’s Fleetster Friday! This week, we’d like to you meet North Clairemont resident Ivel Gontan. As Community Programs Senior Manager, Ivel is passionate about making positive changes in the world which she does by providing communities with science opportunities. Among her many duties here at the Fleet, she spearheads the BE WiSE program, which engages young women in STEM learning experiences.

Countdown to the New Horizons Flyby!

Credit: NASA

The New Horizons flyby is coming soon!

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

 

Fleetster Friday: Meet Marc Lalucis

It’s #FleetsterFriday! This week, we’re featuring Lead Visitor Services Associate and City Heights resident, Marc Lalucis. You’ll often find Marc at the Ticket Counter, and if you’re really lucky, he may be the voice on the other end of the phone when you call! Marc is well-versed in all things Fleet, so if you are interested in turning your one-day ticket into a Fleet membership, be sure to look for him.

Fleetster Friday: Meet Daniel Aguirre

It’s #FleetsterFriday! This week, we’re featuring Community Engagement Manager and City Heights resident, Daniel Aguirre. Daniel is the brains behind the Fleet’s 52 Weeks of Science program and can often be found out in the community, connecting area students and residents to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities in their backyard!

The Fleet Science Center’s High Tech Fair Connects Students to Scientific Careers

By Brianne Brown

More than 2,500 middle and high school students explore local careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at the Fleet Science Center’s annual High Tech Fair. The event allows students to explore the real-life application of the science they learn in their classrooms to a career in a science- and technology-related industry.

TESS Shares First Science Images!

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

This week, the NASA spacecraft TESS released its first science images.  Launched in April 2018, TESS stands for “Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.” The goal of its planned two-year mission is to discover small, Earth-like planets using the “transit” method of planet detection, looking for small dips in the light of a star due to a planet passing in between it and our perspective from Earth.

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!

Science Around the World

After over ten years of working at the Fleet Science Center, Director of Human Resources Candi Freed was able to retire. As a going-away gift and in recognition of many years of faithful service, Candi was gifted a Fleet membership upon her retirement, a benefit that has allowed her to visit not only the Fleet, but many other science centers around the world.

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