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Latest U.S. Astronaut Photos Included in New Star Show at RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium

    Face of Earth star show among other laser and star shows opening this month

    ROCHESTER, NY—The new Face of Earth star show at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Strasenburgh Planetarium gives visitors the feeling of flying just above Earth’s atmosphere as they explore our planet through giant images taken by Earth-observing satellites and astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Images are projected at magnificent scale by the Planetarium’s giant high-resolution video system. For older children and adults, Face of Earth opens Saturday, March 5.

    Accompanied by an eclectic mix of music, Face of Earth carries audiences above a variety of Earth scenes including February’s big snowstorm, northern lights as astronauts see them, glaciers, volcanic eruptions, ocean currents, seasonal changes, evidence of human impact, city lights and familiar landmarks.

    A special feature is a selection from the stream of colorful photos and inspiring tweets sent to Earth by U.S. Astronaut Scott Kelly during his year aboard the International Space Station. Commander Kelly and his year-in-space crewmate, Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, returned to Earth on March 1.

    In the second half of the show, the Planetarium’s giant star projector rises into action, and an expert presenter conducts a live tour of stars, constellations and planets of the current sky.

    Face of Earth is recommended for older children and adults and lasts about an hour. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, college students with ID, and ages 3–18, and free for RMSC members. Face of Earth plays at various dates and times through June 18.

    Also new in at the Planetarium for March:

    Saturday Night Laser, for adults and young adults, presents 90s Laser at 8:15pm and Radiohead Laser at 9:30pm on Saturday nights in March.

    In the concise 25-minute star show, The Sky Tonight, lasers guide viewers through the stars and constellations of the Planetarium sky, giving a preview of what to look for in the real sky this month.

    The complete Planetarium show schedule and other details are available at

    For high-resolution images and additional information, contact Amanda Bayer, Communications Specialist, RMSC at 585.697.1962 or

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.