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Andrew Fraknoi: Where Bill Gates' Great Granddaughter Might Go on Her Honeymoon

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Where Bill Gates' Great Granddaughter Might Go on Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System
Andrew Fraknoi
6/29/2011, LHS Auditorium

Astronomer and popular lecturer Andrew Fraknoi will explore the most intriguing future tourist destinations among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood, including the 4,000 mile lava channel on Venus, the towering Mount Olympus volcano on Mars (three times the height of Mount Everest), and the awesome Verona Cliffs on the moon Miranda (which are the tallest "lover's leap" in the solar system). The talk will be illustrated with close-up images from the robot probes that are exploring these alien worlds.

Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College and the former Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He was selected as the 2007 California Professor of the Year and is the winner of the Gemant Prize of the American Institute of Physics for bringing science to the public. He appears regularly on several Bay Area radio stations, explaining astronomical developments in everyday language. The International Astronomical Union has named Asteroid 4859 Asteroid Fraknoi in recognition of his work in science education.

1. For more about Andrew Fraknoi and his work, see:
http://www.foothill.edu/ast/afraknoi.htm

2. For more about the activity where students come up with the top astronomical tourist sights, see:
http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2009007

3. For information about a DVD-ROM with 133 hands-on activities for teaching astronomy, edited by Andrew Fraknoi, see:
http://astrosociety.org/astroshop/ind...

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