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Meet StormTracker 13's Jason Laird and the Peterson AFB Weather Flight Team at the Discovery Center March 7

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 3, 2015) - Have you ever wondered how meteorologists forecast the weather? If so, come to the Space Foundation Discovery Center on Saturday, March 7, to find out.

The Star Days event on March 7 will be "Weather Wonders," exploring how scientists study and forecast weather. This special event will feature guest presentations by StormTracker 13's Jason Laird, using our Science On a Sphere® at 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Plus, the Weather Flight personnel from Peterson Air Force Base will be doing ongoing weather presentations during the afternoon.

The following activities* are included in the price of Discovery Center admission on March 7, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.:

  • "Forecasting Our Weather," Science On a Sphere® presentations by StormTracker 13's Jason Laird, 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
  • Afternoon weather presentations by Weather Flight personnel, Peterson Air Force Base
  • Play with Lightning, using our new Van de Graaff generator
  • Touch Clouds, with our ultrasonic hydroponic fogger
  • Make-and-Take Your Own Weather Station, Rain Gauge, Anemometer (a wind meter), Wind Vane, Barometer, Rainstick

*Please note: activities and presenters are subject to change without notice

New Exhibit - Van de Graaff Generator
Thanks to a generous memorial gift, Space Foundation Discovery Center visitors will learn about electricity with a new piece of science equipment, a Van de Graaff generator, which demonstrates practical aspects and concepts of static electricity. A Van de Graaff generator is an electrostatic machine that uses a moving belt to accumulate high voltages on a hollow metal globe. It illustrates how static electricity is transferred and how static can stand hair on end.

About the Space Foundation Discovery Center
The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region's only space, science and technology attraction, and is located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive in Colorado Springs, just off of Garden of the Gods Road. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Discovery Center daily admission fees are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors (age 65+), $7.50 for college students with I.D., $4.50 for children ages 4-17. Children age three years and younger are admitted free. Military rates are $5.00 for adults with I.D., and $4.00 for military children ages 4-17 with I.D. Military includes active duty, guard, reserve or retiree with I.D.

The Discovery Center is closed during holiday breaks and extreme weather. For more information, please visit, or call the Space Foundation at 719.576.8000.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.