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Tuesday August 2nd, 2016

Launch Pad Lecture: Great Balls of Gas!

The Giant Planets

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, July 27, 2016) - Did you know that astronomers group the planets in our solar system into two categories? Does one of the giant planets actually have its own miniature solar system? Get the answers to those questions and more on Friday, August 5, at 9:00 AM, when Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll presents this month’s Launch Pad Lecture: Great Balls of Gas: The Giant Planets.

IMAGE: Taken by the Cassini spacecraft in 2012, the tiny white dot that is Saturn’s moon Tethys seems dwarfed by the planet’s rings. In reality, scientists believe Tethys is many times more massive than the entire ring system. (Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

Taken by the Cassini spacecraft in 2012, the tiny white dot that is Saturn’s moon Tethys seems dwarfed by the planet’s rings. In reality, scientists believe Tethys is many times more massive than the entire ring system. (Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9:00 AM on the Museum's first floor. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame. The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on September 2 and the topic will be From Rocks to Rockets: Astronaut Training in New Mexico with Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery.

The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are available on the museum’s YouTube Channel

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/