Holley Wood of UofM Lambuth M. D. Anderson Planetarium Selected Solar System Ambassador

February 13, 2018 - Holley Wood, coordinator of the University of Memphis Lambuth M. D. Anderson Planetarium, has been selected as a Solar System Ambassador for 2018.

The Solar System Ambassadors Program of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory offers information and excitement about real missions that explore the solar system. Volunteer ambassadors in communities throughout the country are selected by JPL based on their backgrounds and plans for public outreach activities. JPL provides ambassadors with educational materials and training. More information about the Solar System Ambassadors Program is available at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.

A series of special shows are planned in conjunction with NASA events throughout the year. The first event introduces a new show, "MarsQuest," into the Planetarium lineup, which is planned to coincide with the launch of the InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Mars lander in May 2018. Show schedules are available at https://www.memphis.edu/lambuth/newsevents/.

The University of Memphis Lambuth M. D. Anderson Planetarium was built in 1967 and rededicated in 1973 through a generous grant from the M. D. Anderson Foundation, in honor of Jackson, Tenn., native and philanthropist, Monroe Dunaway Anderson. The Planetarium's 30-foot dome seats 60 and presents regularly scheduled public shows via its Digitarium Alpha 2+ digital projector. The only public planetarium in West Tennessee outside of Memphis, the University of Memphis Lambuth M. D. Anderson Planetarium serves the public as well as community and school groups with a wide range of presentations. Schools or groups interested in scheduling a show should email mailto:planetarium@memphis.edu or call Holley Wood, coordinator, at 731.425.7368. Presentations are free to groups and individuals, with free parking in the Oxley lot.

With all the power of a major research university behind it, the UofM Lambuth is the most comprehensive and only four-year public university in Jackson and serves the West Tennessee area and beyond. The University of Memphis Lambuth offers 19 bachelor's degrees, five master's degrees and two doctoral degrees, and has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students. For more information, about the University of Memphis Lambuth, visit https://www.memphis.edu/lambuth, call 731.425.1904, or email mailto:lambuth@memphis.edu.


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