ROBESON PLANETARIUM and Science Center

Robeson Planetarium and Science Center

Superintendent Dr. Freddie Williamson

Director Ken Brandt

Survey link is here: planetarium post-visit survey for students

First board member who completes the survey gets a NASA Viking lander, mint-in-box 1/20 scale model

Please fill out the survey. One lucky winner will receive a MOJO Jojo pop collectable toy

back a winning team! Our community advisory group, the Rising Phoenix, is a 501.3c charity whose purpose is to rebuild the Robeson Planetarium and Science Center. The web page is here: http://www.robesonrisingphoenix.org/____________________________________________________

In 1/8/22's Robesonian: https://www.robesonian.com/features/153065/determination-persistence-leads-to-planetarium-funding#/search;query=boards%20meet%202022

The Robeson Planetarium is offering free, virtual planetarium programs to anyone affected by the recent violence in Uvalde, TX., or anywhere else. Just email kenneth.brandt@robeson.k12.nc.us with the request. Please include ages served, and number you expect will attend, as well as some dates/times. If you have a topic to be covered during the program (for example, Mars exploration) please let me know.

Virtual program requirements:

1. Each student must have their own device. Displaying on a smart board in front of the whole class is problematic at best, as the students in the rear of the room will have trouble seeing the images-especially the night sky.

2. Have each student prepare at least one question about space exploration, astronomy, or any science subject that is in some way related to what we're doing.

If both of these conditions are untenable, please reconsider your request. I will disconnect any connection to a smartboard display.

3. Recommended number/visit: 2 classes/virtual session. 30-40 students (can be more or less).

Science center exhibit

Perseverance dangling from it's cables, about 6 feet above Mars! Image downloaded 2/19/21

Video link

Perseverance looking out from it's left front hazard cam, toward the delta and rim on Jezero crater. Image downloaded 2/19/21

Perseverance looking out from it's left front hazard cam, toward the delta and rim on Jezero crater. Image downloaded 2/19/21

Perseverance parachute and landing system, as seen from another Martian spacecraft, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image downloaded 2/19/21

Perseverance parachute and landing system, as seen from another Martian spacecraft, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image downloaded 2/19/21

Perseverance parachute and landing system, as seen from another Martian spacecraft, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image downloaded 2/19/21

Photo of Ken and Marvin.

-from L to R, Ken Brandt, Bill McArthur (astronaut from Robeson County), and JPL's Marvin full-scale Mars rover.

Virtual Programs are available by emailing kenneth.brandt@robeson.k12.nc.us

Check out our grade-level appropriate activities and resources on our links to the left.

Mars rover Opportunity's last panorama:

Mars Panorama

Please note that our schedule is subject to change, as current events in space science dictate.

For school groups: 28 students and 2 adults can be comfortably seated indoors.

For information email

joy.ivey@robeson.k12.nc.us

CLEAR SKY CLOCK

  • Weather: here is a link for our own clear sky clock. See whether it'll be clear or cloudy here in SE NC.