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Universe 2000 Science Expo Info

By Christian
June 26, 2000 - 8:17 PM

During the weekend of the 15th and the 16th of June, the 112th annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) will be held, and part of this will be the Universe 2000 Expo, an astronomy event open for the general public. One of the organisers of the event is André Bormanis, science consultant for 'Star Trek: Voyager', who just sent in some more information on the event.

The Expo will be held at the Pasadena Civic Center, and will focus on astrobiology, the search for life in the universe. There will be "be lots of fun, interesting talks and exhibits, new announcements on the recent discoveries about liquid water under the surface of Mars, and games and other activities for kids."

On Saturday around noon, Robert Picardo (the Holodoc) and potentially another 'Voyager' actor will be doing talks. Picardo is no stranger to astronomy, as he is also a member of the Planetary Society. That evening, the annual ASP awards dinner will be held, during which Tim Russ (Tuvok) will be performing, together with Neil Norman and his Cosmic Orchestra. This event will be hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy.

On Sunday afternoon Bormanis will be hosting a panel discussion on communicating science to the public with Bill Nye, KC Cole from the Los Angeles Times, Andy Chaikin, who wrote 'From the Earth to the Moon', and other interesting people. Finally, in the afternoon Bormanis will be taking part in a 'Visioning the Future' panel, together with Voyager executive producer Brannon Braga, X-Files executive producer Frank Spotnitz, physicist David Brin and 'Blade Runner' and 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' designer Syd Mead.

More information on the event can be found at the official ASP site, where you can also register. Tickets are also available at the door, at a price of $15 for a day or $25 for the weekend, excluding dinner. Children under 12, who must be accompanied by an adult, are admitted free. The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 East Green Street, Pasadena.

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