Apollo 16 astronaut will be keynote speaker for 10-day Flagstaff Festival of Science celebration Sept. 20-29. Applications are open to host a program for the festival now or to provide science education outreach to schools throughout the year

| March 4, 2019

Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth’s involvement grows with selection of Executive Director Virginia Watahomigie as a Festival board member

Charlie Duke. Courtesy photo.

FLAGSTAFF — Charlie Duke, the 10thand youngest person to ever walk on the moon, will be the W.L Gore & Associates keynote speaker at the opening of the 10-day Flagstaff Festival of Science.

Duke, who served as the Apollo 16 lunar module pilot in 1972, trained in Flagstaff with other Apollo astronauts, maneuvering a lunar rover prototype over rough volcanic terrain and in and out of a simulated crater field north of the city.

“I found Flagstaff to be one of the most interesting places that we visited to study geology. I loved the people, the San Francisco Peaks and the beauty of the area,” he said.

Duke will share his experiences on the moon and provide insight into the future of space travel at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at Northern Arizona University’s Ardrey Auditorium. All Flagstaff Festival of Science programs are free and open to the public.

“I see us back in space with a permanent Moon base,” he said. “There we can develop systems and the confidence in repairing those systems, and eventually launch to Mars. We’ll learn how to live in deep space like we do in Antarctica and cycle in crews every couple of months. We are going to want to see people going into space more. The human heart is meant to explore.”

To celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, festival organizers have been presenting “The Lunar Legacy Lecture Series” at 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, with the program to continue through December. The next program, “One Small Step for Humankind, One Giant Leap for a Small Company,” will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at Coconino Community College, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road, Flagstaff. Visit https://www.flagstaffarizona.org/lunarlegacy/#events for the entire schedule

The 10-day Festival of Science will include the annual Science in Park (Sept. 21), and in-school and community Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workshops and programs throughout the city. To participate in the in-school program, visit https://www.scifest.org/in-school-presentations/ To host a Flagstaff Festival of Science community program, visit https://www.scifest.org/host-a-program/

CCC&Y, which will once again present its STEAM-themed Early Childhood Fair during the science festival and will take an active part in the festival planning this year with the addition of Executive Director Virginia Watahomigie as a festival board member.

Other board members this year include: Board President: Alyssa Deaver – Northern Arizona University; Treasurer: Megan Coons – Coconino County; Secretary: Brenda Strohmeyer – Rocky Mountain Research Station; Joelle Clark: Northern Arizona University; Janet Dean: Arizona Public Service; Rachel Edelstein: Coconino Community College Foundation; Winnie Ennenga: Northern Arizona Healthcare; Kathy Farretta: Volunteer; Todd Gonzales: Lowell Observatory; Moran Henn: Willow Bend Environmental Education Center; Brian Klimowski: National Weather Service; Lisa Leap: National Park Service; Brandon Lurie: W. L. Gore & Associates;Melinda McKinney: Coconino Community College; Roger Nelson: U.S. Naval Observatory; Greg Vaughan: U.S. Geological Surveyand Jillian Worssam: Flagstaff Unified School District.

The award-winning Flagstaff Festival of Science is made possible through the support of businesses, organizations, foundations and individuals. Major sponsors include W. L. Gore & Associates, the City of Flagstaff/BBB Revenues, Flagstaff Arts Council, Northern Arizona University, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, Science Sandbox, Wells Fargo and Peaks Audio Productions.

To help bring astronaut Charlie Duke and impactful science activities to Flagstaff, generous donors are offering a $10,000 Lunar Legacy Challenge and will match individual donations dollar for dollar. Contributions of $500 or more include tickets to the VIP Reception and a professional group photo with General Duke. Tax-deductible contributions can be made through credit, debit or PayPal on the Festival’s website, www.scifest.org

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