Cernan Earth and Space Center

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Cernan Earth and Space Center

Coordinates: 41°55′03″N 87°50′33″W / 41.9174°N 87.8424°W / 41.9174; -87.8424 (Cernan Earth and Space Center) The Cernan Earth and Space Center is a public planetarium on the campus of Triton College in the Chicago suburb of River Grove. It is named for astronaut Eugene Cernan, who flew aboard the Gemini 9 and Apollo 10 missions and, as commander of Apollo 17, was the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the moon.

The Cernan Center's 44-foot-diameter (13 m) dome theater is equipped with a Spitz 512 star projector, a laser projection system, a three-screen video projection system, a sound system consisting of an array of JBL speakers and 16-channel mixer, a C-360 35mm film projector, and numerous slide and special effects projectors. Using this equipment, the Cernan Center presents a wide range of programs to persons of all ages who attend its special school and group presentations and weekend public programs. The Cernan Center also features earth- and space-related exhibits, the Friends of the Cernan Center membership program, the Star Store gift shop (with online shopping via its Yahoo! store) and a website (link provided below).

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