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David Mayeux
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Video on the Dome

The planetarium show may either be a "Seasons of the Sky" show (which is a basic contellation and mythology study), or a combination of a shorter constellation show and a "Video on the Dome" segment. This is a video of 30 minutes or less (usually) in length. We have an extensive list of videos, so I will list some of the more popular ones here. Also remember that if you only want to list a subject matter, I will try to match an appropriate program to that subject. If however, you would really prefer a complete list of programs, one can be mailed to you upon request. ( * Notice that on all three mornings on which presentations are offered, a group could schedule both the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. timeslots for extended programming, providing, of course, that no one else has previously scheduled one or both of the slots. For instance, an hourlong video presentation could be scheduled for the 9:30 timeslot, and an hour-long live presentation, like Navajo Sky Legends could be scheduled for the 11:00 timeslot! * )

Some of the most popular programs are:

This program gives a humorous look at life on board the Space Shuttle in the world of weightlessness. 20 minutes. Grade K and up.

Space Basics
Currently our most popular program! This presentation is a fun tutorial by our own NASA astronauts to elementary school students (or older) on what space is, how we get there, why things float there, and how we get back down to Earth when it's all done. Includes helpful computer and cartoon animations for explaining concepts. 21 minutes. Grade 2 and up.

Navajo Sky Legends
Some of you may know some of the Greek mythological stories of the constellations and other heavenly bodies, but here is a storytelling show with a more local flavor! Will tell about several of the major groups of stars and other objects in the sky as seen by some of the Navajo storytellers. About 50 minutes. Grade K and up.

The Constellations of the Zodiac
In this newly-made, live-narrated presentation students will learn about the 12 zodiacal constellations, their mythologies, and their significance in astronomy! About 45-60 minutes. Grade K and up.

Solar System Sky Show
This is actually a full sky show, like Navajo Sky Legends and The Constellations of the Zodiac! Visitors are taken on a tour of the solar system, planet by planet, using our star projector's digital zoom, to learn a little about each of our planets! . Grades 2 and up.

Destination Mars
In this exciting new NASA video, we see a depiction of the first manned mission to Mars - in the year 2018! The story is told by astronauts of the hypothetical, yet scientifically realistic, mission. The video also illustrates real technologies being developed to transport astronauts to, and sustain them on, Mars. 33 minutes. Grades 7-12.

Awesome Asteroids
This program looks at the rocky bodies we call "asteroids," one or more of which may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Part of a live broadcast, complete with call-in questions answered by astronomy experts. About 30 minutes. Grades 5-12.

Cool Comets
This video examines the "dirty snowballs" which transform into the beautiful celestial bodies we can sometimes see from Earth. From the videotape of a live broadcast taped on March 10, 1999, including internet questions answered by professionals. About 30 minutes. Grades 5-12.


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