April 27, 2018 at UAA Planetarium: 'Habitat Earth' and 'From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA'
by Michelle Saport |
As Alaska's largest planetarium, the UAA Planetarium & Visualization Theater is an immersive place to explore the world around us-from the smallest microbes to the most distant galaxies. See below to learn what's playing this Friday, April 27 at the UAA Planetarium.
For more information, including how to become a planetarium member, please visit uaa.alaska.edu/planetarium.
Plunge below the ocean's surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in deep ocean ecosystems; dig beneath the forest floor to see how Earth's tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive; and soar to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.
Narrated by Frances McDormand, this award-winning original planetarium show features stunning visualizations of both biological and human-built networks (and of how they intersect), taking show-goers on an incredible, immersive journey through the interconnectedness of life on Earth.
The five major aspects of a mission life cycle-design, construction, testing, launch and operations-are highlighted through examples of NASA missions, including the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the James Webb Space Telescope. Each of the show's three sections starts with a set-up question that defines the "problem" an engineering team aims to solve, giving audiences a balanced, large-scale overview of spacecraft engineering, described contextually using exciting, real-life projects. The show's major themes include problem solving to cope with expected (and unexpected) challenges, the importance of advance planning and testing, learning from mistakes and working with a team.