On Friday night, April 15 at p.m., the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and the Cowasuck Band of the Penacook Abenaki People present An Evening of Indigenous Stories of the Night Sky. In this free virtual program made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, emcees Chief Paul and Denise Pouliot, head speakers of the Cowasuck Band, welcome four noted indigenous storytellers to share tales of the stars, the Northern Lights, constellations important to Northeast Native America, and the Earth: HearsCrow, Anne Jennison, Louise Profeit-LeBlanc and Claudia Spears Moorehead.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is open from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1:30 - 4 p.m. every day for Winter Vacation, from Friday, February 18 through Sunday, March 6. Each day, visitors will be able to choose from four different planetarium shows, explore science galleries, engage in science and engineering activities - and just in time for vacation, the Discovery Center has reopened its observatory.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as Team Cooke NoMADS talks about their soil science project on Friday, February 4that 7 pm. This team of students from University of New Hampshire Manchester is sending a project to the International Space Station. Their presentation will discuss the science behind their work, their collaboration with NASA, and their outreach with youth in the community. Following the presentation, team members will answer audience questions in a Q & A session.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is pleased to announce the 2022 Alex Higgins Memorial Space Camp Scholarship. Since 2001, more than 50 New Hampshire children and teens have traveled to the U.S. Space Camp & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, for a week of simulated astronaut or pilot training, thanks to the scholarship. This represents a combined effort among Alex Higgins’ family, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to honor Alex’s memory. Space Camp provides the opportunity for children and teens to engage in a science and engineering adventure that Alex Higgins truly enjoyed.
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.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as Dr. Shawna Hollen of University of New Hampshire talks about her team’s work imaging the world at an atomic level via Zoom webinar on November 5th at 7 pm. It's one challenge to take pictures of the celestial bodies in the universe and quite another to take pictures of atoms, but the change in scale is about the same. Atoms make up everything we touch and see, but understanding -- and seeing -- atoms is something we've only accomplished in the last 30 years. Following the presentation, Dr. Hollen will answer audience questions in a Q & A session. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website, starhop.com, to register and submit questions in advance.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will celebrate the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope on October 23rd from 1: 30 pm to 4 pm. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) represents the next big step in space telescopes and will allow researchers to see farther and with more detail into the early days of the universe. Visitors will learn about JWST technology, get details on the process of designing and launching a telescope of this size, and have the chance to look through a telescope. Hands on activities and demonstrations will let participants of all ages join in and there will be materials to take home. The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s launch party was selected as part of a several-month nation-wide celebration by NASA in advance of the JWST launch at the end of 2021.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as Tom Mortimer talks about New Hampshire minerals via Zoom webinar on Friday, October 1st at 7 pm. Over three hundred different minerals have been identified in New Hampshire. This talk will introduce the different mineral environments within our state and provide some guidelines for amateur prospecting and collecting minerals. Following the presentation, Tom will answer audience questions in a Q & A session. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website, starhop.com, to register and submit questions in advance. This event is free, but donations are welcome.
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as NASA Solar System Ambassador and Educator Fellow Sally Jensen talks about the Hubble Space Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope missions on Friday, September 3rd at 7 pm. For the past 30 years the Hubble Space Telescope has given us an incredible view of the universe to study and explore. Sally will guide viewers from the origins of placing a telescope in orbit around the Earth, through the technical issues over the years, and the amazing findings that this scope has given us. Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Telescope, which will soon be launched, will carry on this study of our universe.
Summer begins on Thursday, July 1 at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center: The museum will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. seven days a week through September 5, with reservations for general admission and planetarium shows available through the Center’s website or by phone. The Discovery Center’s summer exhibits include lunar exhibits, weather exhibits from the Mount Washington Observatory complemented by the Discovery Center’s upgraded DIY weather reporting station, aviation simulators, and a special NH Space Grant featured project: exhibits created by high school students from the Applied Technology Center in Milford, NH and Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, NH on how living and working in space affects the human body.
In a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center welcomed Bart Fromuth, esq., Chief Operating Officer of Freedom Energy Logistics, onto the museum’s board. Fromuth joins Board Chair R. Bruce Andrews, Vice-Chair Walter P. Havenstein, Col., USMC, ret., Treasurer Laura Provost, Secretary David Cuzzi, and Directors Beverly Bruce, Paul Burkett, esq., Michael Cusack, Dr. Steven Davis, J. Stephan Lundquist, Dr. James MacKay, Brian Parsons and Christopher Wolfe in steering New Hampshire’s own air and space museum toward a sustainable future, with adequate resources to advance its mission.