Mueller Planetarium adds Shuttle tribute to schedule Dec. 1

Released on 11/21/2011, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, through Jan. 31, 2012

WHERE: Mueller Planetarium, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets

Lincoln, Neb., November 21st, 2011 —
The Shuttle Atlantis on the launch pad in July (photo by George Fleenor; copyright GeoGraphics Imaging and Consulting, 2011)
The Shuttle Atlantis on the launch pad in July (photo by George Fleenor; copyright GeoGraphics Imaging and Consulting, 2011)

            On Dec. 1, Mueller Planetarium in the University of Nebraska State Museum's Morrill Hall will update its fulldome schedule. The fulldome schedule will include a new tribute to NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.

            Schedule beginning Dec. 1 (except Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1):

  • "Light Years from Andromeda,” Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
  • "Dawn of the Space Age" with tribute to Space Shuttle Program, Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m.

            "Dawn of the Space Age" traces the history of space exploration. People of all ages will be captivated as this animated show transports them into the cosmos, allowing them to relive -- or witness for the first time -- these incredible feats in space history. (Running time is 32 minutes.) Following the show, there will be a three-minute feature honoring the Space Shuttle Program, which ended in July with the launch of Atlantis. Planetarium coordinator Jack Dunn has assembled photography by George Fleenor, who was given unprecedented access to the shuttle pad before and during the final launch.

             “Light Years From Andromeda” is a story of cosmic distances and humanity's quest to understand the universe. Audiences will go on a journey of epic proportions across space and time. Following this show, visitors have the option to stay for a short presentation on the current night sky. (Running time is 40 minutes.)

            The schedule is subject to change. For the current schedule and previews, visit the planetarium's website, The schedule will be updated again February.

            The University of Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free. For further information, telephone the museum at (402) 472-3779, or visit

Writer: Dana Ludvik, Public Relations Coordinator, NU State Museum, 402-472-3779