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California Calling: Las Cumbres Observatory Event

22 Sep 2017, 17:11 UTC
California Calling: Las Cumbres Observatory Event
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It’s now almost three months since Asteroid Day 2017, yet there are still fascinating stories from various regional events reaching us. Today, I would like to share one particular one from the Asteroid Day Event at Las Cumbres Observatory in Goleta, California. The observatory held an open house in the evening where visitors could meet scientists and engineers, tour the facility, and get their hands on a piece of a real asteroid – literally! They managed to attract between 150 and 200 people, some of them coming from as far as 2 hours away. Serious dedication there! Among the visitors was British record-setting balloonist and 100x signee Julian Nott who lives in nearby Santa Barbara. Julian Nott is currently actively involved in developing balloons for exploration flights at solar system destinations, particularly Venus and the Saturn moon Titan, as “Flying Mars Rovers”.

Open House at Las Cumbres Observatory
The entire open house took place in a casual atmosphere: While watching presentations on the Las Cumbres Observatory and its work in the lobby, visitors were served food and beverages, the night being topped of with a very spacial asteroid cake that proved highly popular. (Asteroid Day Global can confirm the popularity ...

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