Explore 50 years of NASA poking around in our solar system at October Science on Tap

Space science and suds: They’re two things that go great together, and where you can find them paired up next in the Portland/Vancouver area is at the October installment of the area’s Science on Tap lecture series.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver, and cover “NASA’s Greatest Hits: Fifty Years of Exploring Our Solar System.”

Pluto looks like it's all heart in this high-resolution, enhanced-color image taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015. NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Pluto looks like it’s all heart in this high-resolution, enhanced-color image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015. NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Speaker Greg Cermak, a NASA solar system ambassador and former astrobiology instructor at Washington State University, will review the highlights of the past five decades of NASA’s solar system reconnaissance — including the explorations of Venus and Mars in the early 1960s; the first looks at Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn in the 1970s and Uranus and Neptune in the 1980s; and the New Horizons and Dawn missions that probed dwarf planets Pluto and Ceres, respectfully, this past summer (2015).

Cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available for purchase from Via Productions, which puts on the Science on Tap series.

The event is open to all ages, and beer, wine, pizza, popcorn and snacks will be available.

In addition, Science on Tap also has a meetup group on Meetup.com. Members of that group will have a get-together prior to the lecture at 6:30 p.m. Look for the Meetup sign and the group’s organizer, Geordie. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

For more information, go to Via Productions web page for this event.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
Facebook: Sciwhat.Science

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