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Former astronaut to speak during eclipse activities at AMSE Saturday, August 19

Former astronaut Roger CrouchOAK RIDGE, Tenn. — In preparation for the total solar eclipse that’s occurring on Aug. 21, AMSE will host a variety of related activities on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Hands-on “Explore Science: Earth & Space” activities will allow visitors to explore the eclipse phenomenon. The activities were developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) and used in over 250 museums during the spring and summer of 2017.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) also will be on site selling Total Eclipse of the Sun postage stamps and marking stamped envelopes with a one-day-only “Secret City Total Solar Eclipse” cancellation bearing the image of an atom. The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of your touch. Placing your finger over the black disc on the stamp causes the ink to change from black to clear to reveal an underlying image of the moon. The image reverts to the black disc once it cools. The back of the stamp pane shows a map of the eclipse path.

At 1 p.m., former astronaut Roger Crouch will share stories and answer questions regarding his experience as a payload specialist aboard a NASA Space Shuttle mission in 1997. Crouch is originally from Jamestown, Tenn.

Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available in the AMSE gift shop, while supplies last.

In cooperation with the Manhattan Project National Historical Park a “moon rock” lunar sample from the 1972 Apollo 15 mission will be on display in AMSE’s lobby from Aug. 12 – 29.

Finally, on the day of the eclipse – Monday, Aug. 21 – the Manhattan Project National Historical Park will host a viewing at AMSE beginning at 11 a.m. The eclipse will begin around 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m., with totality occurring around 2:30 p.m.

All activities are included with admission into the museum. Adults, $5; seniors age 65+, $4; Children ages 6-17, $3; children 5 and younger, free.

Information about AMSE
The U.S. Department of Energy’s American Museum of Science and Energy is located at 300 S. Tulane Ave. in Oak Ridge and is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. AMSE tells the story of the World War II Manhattan Project that created the Secret City of Oak Ridge and the science that followed. AMSE features interactive exhibits on science, fossil fuels, and alternative energy sources, and visitors participate in live demonstrations. For more information on AMSE admission, exhibits, programs and classes, go to www.amse.org. To schedule a group visit, call AMSE at 865-576-3200.

UT-Battelle, the managing contractor of ORNL, operates AMSE on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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