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PR # 172 March 4, 2008

RVCC PLANETARIUM SETS ?BEHIND-THE-SCENES? TALK ON KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

The Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will present ?Launching DAWN (and Phoenix): From Behind the Scenes at Kennedy Space Center Press Site,? Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture, which is open to the public, will be given by Dr. Ken Kremer, a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador and member of The Planetary Society.

Dr. Kremer will present a behind-the-scenes experience with the Space Press Corps at the Kennedy Space Center. His presentation will include an up-close and personal look at the newly launched NASA DAWN Asteroid Orbiter with top NASA scientists; information about the Phoenix mission to the Martian north polar icy soil; and images from the rovers Opportunity and Spirit.

Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and author whose articles have appeared in various magazines, journals and websites, including Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Admission is $5 per person. For additional information, 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 more than 80 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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