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Bringing the stars to Iziko

Former Deputy Chief Technologist at NASA, Jim Adams, visits the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome for a public talk

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If there’s anyone who can give insight into the many wonders of our Universe, it’s Jim Adams. Retired Deputy Chief Technologist at NASA with over 35 years’ experience in space exploration, Adams has been involved in over 30 spaceflight missions to explore the Earth, the Sun and our Solar System. He’s also served as NASA’s Deputy Director of the Planetary Science Division (PSD), and has been awarded three medals, by NASA, for outstanding service and leadership. 

A gifted storyteller too, Adams engages the curiosity and imagination of his audiences, and inspires emerging scientists and entrepreneurs to think creatively and inventively. And now, for the first time, Iziko visitors will have the opportunity to hear about Adams’ many journeys to the stars. 

On Friday, 22 April 2022 from 17h30 until 19h00 join Iziko Museums for a stellar evening with Jim Adams at the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome! A wonderful opportunity to have your questions about “life, the universe, and everything” answered, this public talk works on a first-come first-serve basis; please register to book your spot HERE:  

The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome brings digital technology to Cape Town and creates a space for innovation and discovery – where art, science and entertainment meet. This world-class, multifunctional facility is both an immersive, multi-sensory edutainment platform and a site for cutting-edge scientific research – making virtual voyages of the universe possible, and optimising South Africa’s eResearch and data visualisation capacity. 

“Iziko’s Planetarium and Digital Dome prides itself in being the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent, showcasing the best of digital technology through immersive shows for the public,” says Mathipa Sebitsiwa, Planetarium Manager at Iziko Museums. “For us at the planetarium, hosting someone who has spent most of his career focused on innovation and new technologies at NASA is in alignment with what we offer to our audiences – we are a hub for innovation and discovery.” 

Visit the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent and, quite literally, meet the stars!

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