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PR # 241 May 9, 2008


The Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will present ?The Space Shuttle ? Up Close and Personal,? Tuesday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture, which is open to the public, will be given by amateur astronomer Dennis O?Leary.

The space shuttle has lifted off more than 100 times, carrying American and foreign astronauts into space for more than 25 years. Its missions have included launching and servicing the Hubble Space Telescope; delivering crew members, modules and supplies to the International Space Station; and broadcasting lessons on weightlessness to classrooms around the world. Dennis O?Leary will describe the history of the shuttle as well as its ongoing missions.

Trivia and pictures will bring us up to date on this manned vehicle and the future of human spaceflight. O?Leary will discuss the Constellation project that will replace the space shuttle and take us to the Moon and Mars. He will discuss its components and how it differs from the Apollo program of the 1960s and ?70s, the last time humans walked on the Moon.

Admission is $5 per person. For additional information about the lecture, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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