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Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs » Kensington Astronomy at the Beach September 18, 2012

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Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs » Kensington Astronomy at the Beach.

It’s time once again for Kensington Astronomy at the Beach, the largest astronomy event in southeast Michigan! This Friday and Saturday, Sept 21 & 22, 2012, 6 PM – midnight both nights.

Our guest speaker is Dr. Andrew Feustal. He was one of the astronauts on the last Hubble servicing mission. One of his tasks was to remove  the WFPC2 instrument and replace it with the WFC3. Many of the people I work with were watching a NASA TV as he tried to loosen a bolt that was holding WFPC2 in place. It wasn’t really designed to be removed, so we were all a little worried about it to begin with, but then this bolt wouldn’t come loose.  Eventually, he asked permission to try and force the bolt, and after several long minutes, mission controllers approved. The bolt came free with an audible pop, and WFPC2 was free. Most of the people around me came out of their offices, with smiles and laughs of relief, and started talking about what they wanted WFC3 to image first!

Dr. Feustal also just happens to be a local, from Lake Orion!

If astronauts aren’t your thing, don’t worry, there’s lots of other stuff to do too. Things like fire tornados, flash-frozen flowers, planetarium shows, videos, comet making, a scavenger hunt, try out equipment, 3D solar system tours, meteorite shopping, meet the local clubs, be your own power plant, and rescue Andromeda. And that’s all if the weather is cloudy!

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