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Space exhibit opens at Sanford Museum

Thursday, March 8, 2001

The exhibit now showing at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium's west gallery in Cherokee is Space: Past, Present and Future.

This exhibit was designed by the University of Iowa's Department of Physics and Astronomy and was circulated by the Science Station in Cedar Rapids.

The exhibit highlights Iowa's contribution to the United States Space Program. The University of Iowa's Physics Department has been under the direction of Dr. James Van Allen since 1951. He and his associates have made more fundamental discoveries in cosmic rays, planetary spacecraft and satellites and the radiation belt (Van Allen radiation belts) than any other university in the world.

This exhibit includes balloon launched rockets, satellites and hands-on activities. In addition, the Sanford Museum has acquired a lunar sample from the Apollo 15 mission, rocket models and space suits from NASA.

The exhibit will be on display until June 30, 2001. The Sanford Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission charge.