TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ -
WHAT: The Ontario Science Centre is throwing a Space Party in
celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first artificial
satellite Sputnik 1, which stunned the world and launched the
space race. To commemorate the occasion, the party will feature
Sputnik-themed displays, music, activities and observation of
the night sky through high-powered telescopes, provided by
members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
Participants can also keep a watch out for the International
Space Station (ISS) as it flies over head that evening.
Highlighting the event is a special panel presentation,
'Sputnik and the Space Age', featuring space scientists,
authors, historians, and the host of CBC Radio's Quirks and
Quarks, Bob McDonald.
NOTE: Ontario Science Centre spokesperson Sara Poirier who
specializes in astronomy and space science will be available
for interviews both pre- and at the event.
Admission is free.
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2007
7:30 p.m. Event begins (ISS fly past)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Panel discussion - 'Sputnik and the
10:30 p.m. Event ends
WHO: Panelists include:
- Bob MacDonald, Host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks. He
remembers how the Sputnik launch helped fuel interest in space
- Steve Lang, Canadian Space Resource Centre. He works with the
Canadian Space Agency and has deep knowledge of the Canadian
- Rob Goodwin, Author - Russian Spacecraft and
Launch Vehicles: Heritage of the Space Race
- Chris Gainor, Author - Arrows to the Moon and Canada in Space.
WHERE: Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road (Don Mills Road South of Eglinton Avenue
Sputnik 50 - jam packed Space Party:
- Observing, storytelling and an electro-acoustic musical
performance by Nebula ReMix to take place in TELUSCAPE's
- Sputnik-themed activities and displays to be located in
the main lobby
- Panel discussion in the Imperial Oil Auditorium, Level A.
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