JANUARY 27, 2021
Lowell Observatory Presents 2nd Annual I Heart Pluto Festival
Flagstaff, AZ. – Lowell Observatory is pleased to present a celebration 91 years in the making: the Second Annual I Heart Pluto Festival. Retired NASA astronauts Nicole Stott and Ron Garan and New Horizons scientists Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. Will Grundy headline the event. This free, all-virtual celebration runs from February 13-18 and features a variety of talks, tours, an art show, and a ham radio event. The festival falls on the anniversary of Clyde Tombaugh’s February 18, 1930 discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory.
Stott twice flew to the International Space Station (ISS) and also worked aboard the Aquarius undersea habitat. Garan is a retired test pilot and fighter pilot who also twice flew to the ISS and lived on the Aquarius. Both are accomplished artists, and on February 15 they will take part in an open discussion about how they combine the awe and wonder of their experiences to inspire people around the world.
Stern, who led the groundbreaking mission to Pluto that revealed the true nature of this tiny world, kicks off the celebration on February 13 with the presentation “Why Pluto ...