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Flagstaff Launching into Science Festival with Pluto Mission, Earthly Support

Tuesday, August 4, 2015  
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For Immediate Release                                                                                    Contact: Bonnie Stevens

July 31, 2015                                                                                                     928-380-4349



    Flagstaff Launching into Science Festival with Pluto Mission, Earthly Support


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NASA’s historic journey to Pluto has scientists in awe as information from the

New Horizons spacecraft reveals diverse terrain on the dwarf planet including canyons, cliffs and

mountains of ice. “We’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of incoming data, but we can

already tell that Pluto and (its moon) Charon are very complex worlds,” said Lowell Observatory

astronomer Will Grundy, Ph.D., who leads the mission’s surface composition team and will be

sharing his findings during the Flagstaff Festival of Science, Sept. 18-27.


The science festival will feature the latest information from the pioneering voyage with mission boss

Alan Stern as the Shoemaker Keynote Presenter, at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, in Northern Arizona

University’s Ardrey Auditorium. Helping to make the free, 10-day event possible are Science

Foundation Arizona and the Stardust Foundation with a $5,000 sponsorship.


“We are thrilled to be able to showcase the most relevant and up-to-the-minute information from Pluto

in the town where it was discovered 85 years ago,” says Festival President Brian A. Klimowski,

Ph.D. “We could not offer such relevant science programs and experiences to the public

without the generous support of foundations, businesses, organizations and individuals.”


The 2015 event will offer more than 90 activities—programs for early childhood to lifelong learners—including the Flagstaff Star Party, Science in the Park, NAU’s Science and Engineering Day, guided hikes and open houses at research stations and museums.


The Flagstaff Festival of Science Board of Directors ceremoniously accepted the donation on

Wednesday, July 29, in the form of a giant check from Science Foundation Arizona CEO and

President William Harris, Ph.D., and Board Member Robert Millis, Ph.D.


Pictured from left to right are Bonnie Stevens, Brenda Strohmeyer, Winnie Ennenga, Greg Vaughan,

Samantha Christensen, Bill Harris, Brian Klimowski, Wayne Ranney, Bob Millis, Bill Leibfried, Lisa

Leap, Jillian Worssam, Kristin Haskins and Alyssa Deaver.




Photo by Madison Rolley, courtesy of the Flagstaff Festival of Science 



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