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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to Host Virtual Super Stellar Friday: A Return to the Moon



The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as Director of Education Mirka Zapletal takes audience members on a tour of the climates of Mars and the Moon on Friday, January 7th at 7 pm. NASA is actively working toward a return to the Moon and then the journey on to Mars but getting there is only part of the challenge. This presentation will discuss the conditions that astronauts will face upon arrival. Following the presentation, Mirka will answer audience questions in a Q & A session. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website,, to register and submit questions in advance. This event is free, but donations are welcome.


This virtual iteration of Super Stellar Friday is part of the Discovery Center’s suite of virtual offerings during the pandemic. As New Hampshire residents and businesses continue to practice social distancing, adding Distance Learning has allowed the museum to continue reaching audiences and serving as an educational resource for families in and beyond New Hampshire. The Discovery Center is currently open by reservation Friday through Sunday and over the holiday break.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, an all-digital, full-dome planetarium and a wide variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit


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