From Our Town to Outer Space

Auburn, ME, February 29, 2016 — The Auburn Public Library will host Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space, a national traveling exhibition that offers an inside look at NASA, America’s space agency, and covers six key NASA areas: Human Exploration, Earth Science, Mars Exploration, Solar System and Beyond, Aeronautics, and Technology.

Discover NASA will be on display at the Library from April 19 through July 8, 2016.

The exhibit includes stunning imagery, hands-on activities, and multimedia experiences such as a near real-time kiosk called Eyes on Exoplanets; an immersive experience of astronauts living onboard the International Space Station; a touch table interactive where users can build their own virtual solar systems; two large, touchable meteorite samples; a wind tunnel interactive; and many more engaging activities.

“We are proud that the Auburn Public Library was selected to be one of seven sites nationwide to host the Discover NASA exhibit,” said APL Director Mamie Anthoine Ney. “We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find that the subject matter will be engaging and fun. It will present NASA’s inspirational and important mission in a way that is understandable and relevant, and we look forward to sharing it with the community.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public during library hours.

The Library will also offer a related series of public events and programs to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities to children, teens and adults, including Radio Astronomy, Mad Science of Maine, a visit from Fran Hodgkins, author of “The Secret Galaxy,” and “Crash Landing: Survivor-The Moon.”

A preliminary list of events is available on our calendar here, all events are subject to change, and we will be adding more programs in the near future.

Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space was developed by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL). It is part of NCIL’s STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net). This project was made possible through support from NASA.