Space Science Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State's Coca-Cola Space Science Center marks its 15th anniversary June 25 with giveaways, interactive demonstrations, presentations and an appearance by a former Kennedy Space Center director.

Saturday’s activities are free and will run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the center, 701 Front Ave., Columbus.

The event features a 12-30-1:30 p.m. presentation by Jay F. Honeycutt, director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center from 1995-1997. For six years before that, he directed shuttle management and operations at Kennedy. His oversight covered engineering management and technical direction of preflight launch, landing and recovery activities for shuttle vehicles. He has since remained active in lunar and space travel research as a private executive.

Seats for the Honeycutt presentation are limited and can be reserved by picking up a free ticket from the center this week.

The program also includes interactive air rocket activities, planetarium shows, a Challenger Learning Center open house, a birthday cake cutting, T-shirt giveaways and a closing, Astronomy Night session of stargazing and planet viewing.

Celebration Schedule

  • 10 a.m.-noon - Air Rocket Activity
  • 11 a.m. - Omnisphere Theatre Show: In My Backyard
  • 11:30 a.m.-noon - Physics Demonstrations
  • Noon - Live Star ID in Omnsphere Theatre
  • 1-1:30 p.m. - Omnisphere Theatre Presentation: “Countdown to Launch: The Future of the CCSSC”
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. - Presentation by Jay Honeycutt
  • 2:30-3 p.m. - Physics Demonstrations
  • 3 p.m. - Omnisphere Theatre Show: Astronaut
  • 3-4 p.m. - Air Rocket Activity
  • 4 p.m. - Omnisphere Theatre Show: Sesame Street
  • 5 p.m.- Laser Show
  • 6 p.m. - Omnisphere Theatre Show: Seven Wonders
  • 7 p.m. - Omnisphere Theatre Show: Black Holes
  • 8 p.m. - Laser Show
  • 9 p.m. - Astronomy Night Program

For more information, contact Mary Johnson at 706-649-1486 or, or go to