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2009 is International Year of Astronomy!
International Year of Astronomy 2009The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is proud to join science centers around the world in celebrating International Year of Astronomy! IYA 2009 commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of a telescope to study the skies. Join us on Wednesday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. as we host our first The Sky Tonight planetarium show in the newly renovated Space Theater!  Read below for other January IYA activities.

MoreWednesday, January 7, 7:00 p.m.

NASA's New Mars Rover Lands in San Diego
NASA's New Mars RoverScheduled to launch in 2011, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover is coming to the Fleet Science Center first... and it needs a name!  From January 7 to February 4, you can see the full-sized rover prototype in our Space Theater lobby area, on loan from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).  Students in grades K-12 can enter a contest to name the actual rover and win a trip to JPL!  The contest deadline is January 25, and entries can be submitted at the Fleet Science Center or online.

Rover on display January 7 - February 4, 2009

"Race and Culture in Medicine"
January's Exploring Ethics program will examine the complexities of race and culture in the practice of medicine. How do the concepts of race and culture alter the practice of medicine?  In what ways should medical practitioners be blind to or take into account race and culture?  RSVPs are requested for this popular evening lecture series.

MoreWednesday, January 7, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Meet the Inventor!
SparkyHave you ever wondered, "How did they come up with that?"  Meet toy inventor Mark Rappaport of Marky Sparky Toys and learn about the creative process of invention with fun live performances.  Then, work side-by-side with the inventor to create your very own launch pad rocket and recyclable piñata in the Fleet's "Tinkering" Studio.

MoreSaturday, January 10, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.       

Science on the Rocks
Science on the RocksDiscover the Fleet's new quarterly social event for young professionals, with cocktails and special themed activities in a fun, relaxed setting.  January's event is titled "California Thrill Ride Edition," and will feature a special screening of the popular IMAX film ADVENTURES IN WILD CALIFORNIA and the construction of miniature roller coasters in the "Tinkering Studio." RSVPs are required for this event.

MoreThursday, January 22, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.       

NEW EXHIBITION! "Giant Worlds" Opens Jan. 31
Cosmic BookJupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are coming to the Fleet!  Join us on January 31 as we continue our celebration of International Year of Astronomy with a new hands-on exhibition: "Giant Worlds."  Don't miss February's e-Update newsletter for complete details about this exciting tour of the giant planets orbiting our Sun.

MoreOpens Saturday, January 31!

Free admission to the San Diego Museum of Art
Jan. 6 - 31 only
Fleet members are raving about VAN GOGH: Brush with Genius, now playing in our IMAX Dome Theater.  In celebration of this giant-screen "masterpiece," we're collaborating with the San Diego Museum of Art to give Fleet members free admission to their art galleries from
January 6 - 31. Just show your Fleet member card at their admissions desk.
One more reason by Fleet membership is a great value all year long.  
(Not yet a member?  Join right now!)

This Month's Experiment:
Chemical Reactions with CO2
This Month's Experiment

Many different chemical reactions result in the creation of carbon dioxide. Try three different fun experiments and watch CO2 being produced by combining different household materials. It's a gas!


Featured Product of the Month
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Quick Links
January Events
JAN 4:
Last Day for Animal Grossology
JAN 5:
Senior Monday: "Biodiversity"
JAN 7:
Exploring Ethics: "Race and Culture in Medicine"
JAN 7:
The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show
JAN 7:
NASA/JPL's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover Arrives!
JAN 9:
"Fridays at the Fleet" Resumes!
JAN 10:
Saturday Science Club for Girls
JAN 10:
Special Event: "Meet the Inventor"
JAN 17:
Family Science Day
JAN 22:
Special Event: Science on the Rocks"
JAN 31:
NEW EXHIBITION! "Giant Worlds"
New IMAX Films
VAN GOGH: Brush with Genius
Memberships (and Gift Memberships)
- now online!
Now you can buy (or renew) your membership* or purchase a gift membership, all from the convenience of home with our new online membership sales. Not sure which level is right for you?  Check out our benefits to learn which category will suit you best.  For gifts, we handle all the details: we'll mail the gift (to them or you), personalize your announcement and send you a confirmation. You can also call the Membership Office at (619) 238-1233, ext. 819 (Mon - Fri, 9-4:30 p.m.).
*At present, only Individual, Family, Senior, Adventurer and Gift memberships are available online. To buy or renew a membership at any other level, call the Membership Office or stop by the Fleet's Ticket Counter.
Enter to Win!
Congratulations to Anthony Devine, winner of four passes to see a film in our newly-renovated IMAX Dome Theater!
This month, it could be YOUR turn to win!  Enter to win four passes to see a film in our newly-renovated IMAX Dome Theater! To enter, please complete this form by January 15.

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