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Flagstaff Festival of Science

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Swing into Science! From the tops of Earth's tallest trees to Saturn's mysterious moon, Titan, you'll want to Swing into Science during this 10-day adventure that may well find you exploring centuries-old volcanoes, falling for a frog, or throwing an atlatl!

USGS Astrogeology Research Program scientists and technical experts will be giving numerous talks on local and planetary science and leading a field trip to explore the San Francisco Volcanic Field! Join us at Science in the Park and meet Astrogeologists and our fellow USGS earth scientists, where we'll have hands-on demos and displays!

swing into science logoA summary of USGS events:

Saturday, Sept. 24
Science in the Park
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wheeler Park

Tuesday, Sept. 27
Mars Exploration Rover Missions
5 p.m., Lowell Observatory

Wednesday, Sept. 28
The Mysteries of Titan: New Images & Results from Cassini
7 p.m., Museum of Northern Arizona

Saturday, Oct. 1
Geology of the Escalante
9:40 a.m., Coconino Community College, V. Philip Tullar Commons

Sunday, Oct. 2
Volcanism in the San Francisco Volcanic Field Trip
Call for reservations, 928-556-7173

Follow the link below to continue reading about USGS Festival of Science activities, or visit the 2005 Flagstaff Festival of Science website for complete information about this event, which features activities from science organizations around Flagtaff, including Lowell Observatory, Gore, Naval Observatory, Northern Arizona University, and more!



Saturday, Sept. 24

Science in the Park
10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wheeler Park
Get a close-up look at a spacesuit and how Gore-Tex protects astronauts, take the germ test, excavate for artifacts, attract some meteorite fragments, create a twig figurine, sample some tree cookies or get a close up look at the layers of the Grand Canyon. Swing into science with a yagi antenna and see how birds survive in the treetops of the pines. Get your hands on artificial implants that open up arteries. Do some day-time viewing with telescopes. Get a big look into the tiny world of microorganisms or check out an electrofishing boat used by fish ecologists on the Colorado River. From compost critters to the California condor exhibit, you'll have some real hands-on fun at the Park!


swing into science logo Monday, Sept. 26

Mars Exploration Rover Missions
Dr. Ken Herkenhoff, USGS
5 p.m., Lowell Observatory
The success of rovers Opportunity and Spirit has exceeded the expectations of even the most optimistic scientists. Whether it's the tiny craters that Opportunity has discovered or the flurry of Martian dust devils that Spirit has encountered, the rovers have been feeding hungry researchers a feast of information.


saturn image Wednesday, Sept. 28

The Mysteries of Titan: New Images & Results from Cassini
Dr. Larry Soderblom, USGS
7 p.m., Museum of Northern Arizona
With its orange snow and icy gelatin-like lava, Saturn's moon Titan has long been considered to be among the most bizarre and alien worlds. However, NASA's Cassini Orbiter is surprising astronomers with images showing Titan's surface looking more like Earth than any other body in our solar system.


Image courtesy Deborah Lee Soltesz
Saturday, Oct. 1


Geology of the Escalante
Kevin Mullins, US Geological Survey
9:40 a.m., Coconino Community College, V. Philip Tullar Commons
The rich geology of this region has been a source of wonder to many. Explore the geological foundations of this fascinating landscape.

san francisco peaks
San Francisco Peaks Image courtesy Deborah Lee Soltesz
Sunday, Oct. 2


Volcanism in the San Francisco Volcanic Field Trip
10 a.m., Meet at O'Leary Peak Parking Lot
Spend a good part of the day exploring northern Arizona's vast volcanic field with USGS scientists Dr. Lazlo Keszthelyi and Kevin Mullins. Special features include obsidian flows, the inner basin and local favorite, SP Crater. Call for reservations, 928-556-7173

For information contact the Flagstaff Visitor Center at 928-774-9541 or 800-842-7293 or log on to www.scifest.org