CSU Coca-Cola Space Science Center to Unveil New Space Exhibit

Columbus State University's Coca-Cola Space Science Center will host A Celebration of Spaceflight, including a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil a new exhibit and two new planetarium shows on Nov. 10.

"As America prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, we are very excited to open a new exhibit of artifacts from both the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs," said Shawn Cruzen, Executive Director of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. "We are particularly proud to display tools used by astronauts while living and working in space. Additionally, our two new planetarium shows will engage visitors and students in the wonders of space exploration while exploring the important ideas that allow us to understand our universe."

The exhibit and shows are made possible with generous support from Pratt & Whitney. Artifacts include the Mission Control sign from the space shuttle program in Houston, Texas; an air flow sensor and other tools used on the International Space Station; and a collection of Apollo 15 artifacts from astronaut David Scott, one of the 12 Americans who have walked on the moon. The new planetarium shows are "Mars 1001," a science-fiction like movie about the first crew that will go to Mars, and "Earth, Moon, and Sun," a family show about the seasons, phases of the moon, and native American legends that all relate to astronomy.

The ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and includes tours of the exhibit and other activities. Planetarium shows will begin at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. and continue throughout the day. Tickets are $5 for the day.