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Flight Adventures - New Planetarium Show!

Sat, Mar 30, 2013 starting at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Opening celebration of show to feature flight simulator, model rockets, radio airplanes, more 

Take flight at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium on Saturday, March 30—in more ways than one—when a brand new fulldome show about flying comes to town!  
This show for kids, called Flight Adventures, will premiere at 7 p.m. The Staerkel Planetarium is collaborating with the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul to bring the program to central Illinois; the museum has arranged for a flight simulator to be available in the planetarium lobby before and after each show. Patrons who purchase tickets to Flight Adventures may also receive a coupon for reduced admission to Chanute Air Museum, and vice versa.
Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students, seniors, and kids under 12; all tickets are available at the door.
An opening night celebration will be held before the show, from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 30 in the planetarium lobby; this celebration is free. Visitors will be able to make a foam paper plate glider, fly the flight simulator, examine model rockets constructed by Central Illinois Aerospace, and get an up-close look at radio-controlled airplanes, courtesy of the Champaign County Radio Controlled Club. The planetarium's new flying "Aero Props" will also be available for purchase in the lobby. No reservations are required to attend the celebration.  

Originally produced by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Flight Adventures lets young viewers discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather, as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly. Learn about the history and future of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators—like you!

Planetarium Director David Leake said the new show represents a welcome change from regular programming.
“This is something a little different for us as we usually deal with topics in astronomy and skywatching,” he said. “We are excited to be able to bring flight to life in the dome.”

Historical and current images from the Rantoul museum have been added to Staerkel's program. “We were very excited to hear that Octave Chanute himself is mentioned in the show!” Leake said. 

Flight Adventures will show on the dome on Saturdays at 7 p.m. through the end of May. For a full schedule of planetarium programming, call the show hotline at 217/351-2446 or visit its website

For more information on the show and related events, contact:
Staerkel Planetarium: David Leake (dleake@parkland.edu)
Chanute Air Museum: Mark Hanson (curator@aeromuseum.org)
Central Illinois Aerospace: Jonathan Sivier (jsivier@illinois.edu)
Champaign County Radio-Controlled Club: Gerald Sappenfield (gndsapp@tswireless.net

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