For Immediate Release
September 11, 2012
APL and Robinson Nature Center Offer Space Science Lectures
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the Robinson Nature Center are teaming up for a joint lecture series called "Beyond Earth." APL scientists will share details of and discuss findings from four Laboratory space missions to different parts of the solar system.
Geared for teens and adults, the lectures are hosted by Robinson Nature Center and will include an opportunity to meet the APL speakers and enjoy refreshments after the presentation. The series begins Sept. 20, and all lectures will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Nature Center. Additional lecture sponsors are the Howard Astronomy League and Celestial Searchers.
"For more than half a century, APL has provided leadership and innovation in space science and engineering — building 68 spacecraft and nearly 200 space instruments — and we are eager to share our knowledge with the community," says APL Director Ralph Semmel. "APL is pleased to have several of our scientists partner with Robinson Nature Center for this inaugural lecture series."
Lecture topics include:
Sept. 20, 2012: "MESSENGER's Mission to Mercury"
Oct. 18, 2012: "The Recent Launch of Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP)"
Nov. 15, 2012: "How CRISM Found Water on Mars"
Dec. 13, 2012: "TIMED Mission Exploring Earth's Atmosphere"
The series also includes two special exhibits: "The RBSP Mission," on loan from APL; and "Visions of the Universe, 400 Years of Discovery," on loan from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
The James & Anne Robinson Nature Center has interactive and multisensory exhibits for all ages, a trail system with views of the Middle Patuxent River and a digital planetarium and dome-style theater — the "NatureSphere." The center connects people to nature and the outdoors through programming focused on natural and cultural history, as well as astronomy and space science. For more information on the lecture series or its cost, contact the Nature Center at 410-313-0400 or visit http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCAPLlectures.htm.
The Applied Physics Laboratory, a not-for-profit division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For more information, visit www.jhuapl.edu.