NASA astronomy talk scheduled at HPA

WAIMEA — From 7-8 p.m. this Wednesday, guest speaker Brian Day from NASA Ames Research Center will present “Journey Through the Universe: Landscapes of the Moon and Mars” at Gates Performing Arts Center on Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Upper Campus.

Day will give a demonstration of the lunar and planetary mapping and modeling portals his team developed at NASA, and take the audience on a tour of potential landing sites that NASA is considering for future missions to the moon and Mars. In addition he will examine how the giant asteroid Vesta was almost destroyed by cosmic impacts, and give a sneak peek at NASA’s upcoming portal for one of Mars’ moons, Phobos. These portals are used for mission planning and planetary science, but they are also designed for education and outreach in the home or classroom.

The free talk, sponsored by Journey Through the Universe, Hawaii Island and the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation, is open to the public.

Info: Call 885-7887.