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Super Stellar Friday Features Rocket Scientist Joel Richter at the Discovery Center May 6

Concord, NH –Raytheon Aerospace Engineer and former NASA Rocket Scientist Joel Richter will engage adults, teens and families in two programs on rocketry at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Friday night, May 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; at 7 p.m., Richter’s workshop for teens only, “Rockets: The How and Why of Getting into Space”, answers the question, just how DO humans get into space?  Teens will learn about the physics behind rocket flight and explore different types of rockets and engines that have been used to send humans into space. 


The workshop will include some model rocket launches – and of course, free pizza. Also at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation of the planetarium show, Tonight’s Sky. At 8:15 p.m., Joel Richter ‘s offering for general audiences, “Powering Human Spaceflight: The Past and Future of Rockets”, will take a look at a variety of rocket designs used in the U.S. to power the first 50 years of human spaceflight and discuss how the rockets of the past will shape the future of manned space exploration.

The all-inclusive admission cost for Super Stellar Friday is $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $7 for children and free for members. The Countdown Café will be open, and, weather permitting, there will be a free SkyWatch at dusk by members of the NH Astronomical Society.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a 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