Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – The Seaborg Center at Northern Michigan University and the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency will host a week of space science activities during “Journey through the Universe Week,” March 17-21.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The “Journey through the Universe” program is sponsored by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in Washington, D.C., and funded by a grant from NASA. This is the second year of a two-year grant for the Marquette and Alger County region. Researchers from NASA and the Challenger Center will spend a week presenting family-oriented science nights, talking with students in area classrooms and conducting a free teacher workshop.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Tim Livengood, a planetary astrophysicist in the Department of Space Science Research at the Challenger Center, will be presenting the science nights. Students, parents and interested community members are invited to attend “The ABCs of Comets” from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Seaborg Center in Marquette, from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Munising High School in Munising, and from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Westwood High School theater in West Ishpeming. Livengood will talk about the comets that decorated the night sky at the end of the 20th century and discuss what comets tell us about where we come from.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Livengood and four other space scientists will visit 28 different schools in the region during the week as well. Nancy Grace Roman is an astronomer for NASA and oversaw the development of the Hubble Space Telescope. Sonya T. Smith is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Agnes Pasco-Conaty is an environmental scientist and civil engineer at the Challenger Center. Jason Smith is a space science educator at the Challenger Center. The scientists will visit more than 80 classrooms and talk to the students.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Educators from the Challenger Center will conduct a workshop for more than 100 teachers and Northern Michigan University education students.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Information about the Challenger Center can be found at For more information on the events during “Journey through the Universe Week,” contact the Seaborg Center at 906-227-2002.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman