Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | December 23, 2009

Planetary Research Station Opening Smashing Success

Planetary Research Station on opening day

The newest permanent exhibit at the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center, “Planetary Research Station,” (PRS), presented by Bank of America, opened to the public Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 10:00 a.m. PRS is a six-foot, 3-D globe that is animated to display dynamic images of the atmosphere, oceans, land, and solar system. The exhibit also features a display developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and is an education and outreach tool used to describe the environmental processes of Earth.

“This is an amazing learning tool for both kids and adults. From learning about Hurricane Katrina, to observing the effects of global warming and arctic ice melt, ‘Planetary Research Station’ is not only a scientific instrument, but a fascinating and fun experience,” says Joe Adams, Discovery Science Center President. “We are appreciative to have long time partner Bank of America once again support our efforts to address these critical issues.”

PRS is sponsored through a $250,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, as part of Bank of America’s ten year, $20 billion environmental initiative addressing global climate change.

“Organizations like the Discovery Science enter serve as both an economic and learning engine for the region, attracting tourists and engaging thousands of young people in interactive environmental and science education,” said Greg Mech, Orange County Market President, Bank of America. “Bank of America recognizes the important role the environmental sciences play in the economic vitality of California, and we share Discovery Science Center’s mission of promoting practices that address global climate change and increase conservation.”

With over five-hundred graphic scenarios, PRS features everything from real-time infrared satellite over land, to air traffic control flight paths, to the topography of Venus! Additional support for this exhibit was provided by NOAA.

PRS includes five plasma displays to further expand on the intuitive and compelling images displayed on its suspended globe. An automated, narrated voice will guide Discovery Science Center guests through pre-selected data sets. Guests can also choose their own graphic sets to view through a custom-made kiosk. The Discovery Science Center is proud to have the only PRS in Southern California!

PRS is part of the larger space exploration exhibit that will open to the public July 2, 2010.

About Discovery Science Center

Orange County’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, Taco Bell Discovery Science Center is “Celebrating Science – A Decade of Discovery” as The Cube turns ten! Walk through the belly of a giant dinosaur in Dino Quest, feel the winds of a hurricane in a simulator and gear up for flying pucks in the Center’s newest permanent exhibition – The Science of Hockey. Hundreds of thousands of students and families experience science, Southern California-style at Taco Bell Discovery Science Center each year. What will you discover? Located at 2500 N. Main St. in Santa Ana, Calif., Taco Bell Discovery Science Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more information on annual memberships, group rates, special events, teacher workshops, sleepovers and more, call 714-542-CUBE or visit us online:


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