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Great Lakes Science Center celebrating MLK Day with virtual events featuring space pioneers

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 12:56:11-05

CLEVELAND — What normally attracts thousands of residents from Northeast Ohio to the Great Lakes Science Center, will be virtual this year. The science center is migrating its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations to an online format due to the global pandemic.

The free virtual programming will be available via its YouTube Channel and Facebook Page from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 18.

In addition to the following video events, a special Artemis Astronaut Reveal video will play on YouTube throughout the day explaining why NASA is going back to the moon and how this mission could benefit all humankind, the science center said in a release.

Diversity Drives Innovation at NSA: A Conversation with NASA STEM professionals.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Watch it here.

It’s expected to last between 30 to 45 minutes.

During this event, three NASA STEM professionals will talk about their careers and experiences working as a minority or woman in a STEM field, the challenges they encounter and advice on how to pursue a career in an engineering or space field.

Guy Bluford Virtual Exhibit Tour

This event begins at 11:30 a.m. Watch it live here.

Learn about the first Black person in space and longtime Northeast Ohio resident Dr. Guion S. Bluford, Jr., who was deployed on space shuttle challenger on Aug. 30, 1983.

He completed 98 orbits around Earth on a mission to deploy the Indian National Satellite and operate a Canadian-built remote manipulator system. Throughout his distinguished career, he flew on four total space shuttle missions.

Capsule Chat/Life in Space

This event begins at 1:30 p.m. Watch it livehere.

This event will last approximately last for 20 minutes.

During this webinar, learn about the Apollo Command Module that is now housed in the NASA gallery. The capsule was used in 1973 to transport three astronauts to Skybar, the Earth Orbiting space station that as a precursor to the International Space Station today.

Lift-Off Demonstration
This event begins at 3:30 p.m. It will last approximately 20 minutes.

Watch it live here.

On Facebook live, experts will dicuss what you need to now before you launch into space.