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Your Guide to the FleetFEBRUARY 2011
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Superball Science, Tornado Alley & Cellular Journey
Bounce Over to a Superball Discovery Lab
Superball science Every Saturday in February you can bounce into the Fleet's Discovery Lab to explore Superball Science. Kids ages 5 to 12 will learn the science behind the different size, shape, and weight of balls used in their favorite sports and games. The highlight of the day is sure to be making a super bouncy ball to take home! Special activities are just $2 with admission.

Saturdays: February 5, 12, 19, and 26
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join Climate Conversations
Eric J. Fetzer Eric J. Fetzer, a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, specializes in satellite observations of Earth's atmosphere. He will visit the Fleet to kick off the first "Climate Conversations" program of 2011. Eric's lecture, "Humans and changing climate: It's more than warming and fossil fuels," will examine some of the ways humans are changing the Earth's climate in surprising ways.

Tuesday, February 22
5:30 p.m.

Tornado aproaching central Kansas Sean Casey from the Discovery Channel hit show, Storm Chasers, and the researchers of VORTEX-2, embark on the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origin and evolution of tornadoes. Save the date to experience the adrenaline of nature's most dramatic phenomena, as it comes to life on the Fleet's giant IMAX® Dome screen. TORNADO ALLEY opens Friday, March 18.

New Exhibition Opening Soon
Cellular Journey rendered image "Cellular Journey" is a one of a kind, Fleet created and community developed project made possible by a grant from the Life Technologies Foundation, a non-profit arm of Life Technologies Corporation based in Carlsbad, CA. This exciting new exhibition will take visitors inside the unseen world of human cell biology, introduce them to some of the real life techniques scientists use in a lab when working with stem cells, and examine future areas of research and the potential risks, challenges and controversy surrounding this evolving field of science. Exhibition opens Saturday, March 19.

This Month's Experiment: Elephant Toothpaste
This Month Experiment WATCH THE VIDEO

Discover how to mix two solutions together to make oxygen filled bubbles erupt out of a bottle! Amaze your friends with a concoction that looks like something that could be used to brush an elephant's teeth. The best part is that you can easily do this at home with a few common household supplies. DO try this at home!

Fleet Members Enjoy Discounts!
Membership faces icon Enjoy special member-only discounts: (1) on purchases in the North Star Science Store and Galileo's Café; (2) on IMAX and planetarium show tickets; and (3) for Education programs, and of course unlimited free exhibit gallery admission - always, whenever the building is open to the public.


Discounts and free exhibit galleries are just one two more reasons that Fleet Membership is a great value all year long. Not yet a member? Join right now online.

Museum Month
Museum Month 2011 logo During the month of February you can pick up a FREE Museum Month Pass at any Macy's store in San Diego to enjoy half-off admission at 40 museums during the month of February. Plus, the pass is good for up to four half-off admissions so you can bring family and friends along on your visit.

Buzz Aldrin to visit San Diego Air Space Museum for Opening of Exhibit and Book Signing
Space ExhibitionOn Tuesday, February 1, moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is visiting our friends at the San Diego Air & Space Museum for a book signing and to celebrate the opening of their new exhibition SPACE: A Journey To Our Future. SPACE, presented in collaboration with NASA, looks back into the history of aeronautics and examines the many unknown questions of existence posed by future space exploration. For more information on the book signing and SPACE, visit:

See An Article of Hope at a Discount During the San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Ilan Ramon The San Diego Jewish Film Festival returns in its 21st year, February 10 to 20, 2011. As a community partner to the festival, Fleet eUpdate readers can receive a discount to see the film An Article of Hope during the festival for a discount. The film plays on Wednesday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Carlsbad Village Theater and on Sunday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Clairemont Reading Town Square 14. An Article of Hope is the story of Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut, and of the tiny Torah that traveled from the depths of despair to the heights of hope. To take advantage of this offer, use the code FLET11 when you purchase tickets online here. Discounted tickets can also be purchased through the Lawrence Family JCC box office using the code FLET11. The box office is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The phone number is 858-362-1348.

Please note this film does not play at the Fleet Science Center.

Attention Members and Former Members
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Balboa Park is exploring the possibility of a park-wide membership program. We strongly encourage you to fill out the online survey you will receive shortly - it will only take a few minutes.

This survey is being sent on our behalf by Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. We respect your privacy. If you do not wish to receive this survey, please e-mail your name to us at by the end of the day on Sunday, January 30. Thank you.

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February Events
Free Tuesday
The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show
Exploring Ethics Lecture
Superball Science Activities
Senior Monday: "Threat of Infectious Diseases"
Superball Science Activities
Saturday Science Club for Girls: "Fashion Tech"
Superball Science Activities
IMAX en Español: MUMMIES
Open President's Day Monday
Climate Conversations
Superball Science Activities
IMAX Films
Galapagos poster

The Ultimate Wave Tahiti


Tornado Alley IMAX
Friday at the Fleet
See "classic" and current IMAX films at 6, 7 & 8 p.m. every Friday night! Only $8.50 for one film and $5 for each additional film.

Enter to Win!

Congratulations to
Barbara Fish, winner of a signed HUBBLE poster and two tickets to see the IMAX film. 


This month, it could be YOUR turn to win! Enter to win a family 4-pack of passes to visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum's new exhibition, SPACE!  

San Diego Air & Space Museum

To enter, please complete this form by February 15th 2011.
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