Bryan-Gooding Planetarium to Broadcast Last Shuttle Launch | Events
The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium at the Museum of Science & History will present a live broadcast of the launch of Atlantis, marking the end of a historical moment in U.S. history.
Atlantis is scheduled to launch for its final 12-day mission at 11:26 a.m. on Friday, July 8. The doors to the planetarium will open at 11 a.m. to allow guests to watch pre-coverage of the launch and will remain open until 11:50 p.m. so that guests can also experience the post-coverage of this historic launch. Watching the shuttle launch in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium is included with museum admission. Admission is $5 every Friday.
“This mission of Atlantis will be the final chapter in the 30-year story that is the legacy of the space shuttle,” said Thomas Webber, Planetarium Program Director. “It marks the end of an era and a time to celebrate the accomplishments and science that the fleet has brought to the world. We are excited to share this historic moment with our visitors.”
The world’s first and only reusable spacecraft – Columbia – was launched in 1981. Following this achievement were Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour. These ships allowed astronauts to launch, service and repair satellites; engage in modern research; and assemble the largest structure in space, the International Space Station.
The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Park. MOSH, first chartered in 1941, inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8.50 for active and retired military, $8 for children ages 3 through 12. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or museum members. Admission is $5 on Fridays.