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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 4, 2007 23:34:48 GMT -6
Obama's Funding Earmarks Released
Thursday, October 11, 2007; 5:08 PM
Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) requested federal funding for several projects as part of this year's annual appropriations process. The projects, with the amounts designated by his constituents and several national organizations were released by the senator.
Adler Planetarium, to support replacement of its projector and related equipment: $3,000,000.
One of its most popular attractions and teaching tools at the Adler Planetarium is the Sky Theater. The projection equipment in this theater is 40 years old, and is no longer supported with parts or service by the manufacturer.
It has begun to fail, leaving the theater dark and groups of school students and other interested museum-goers without this very valuable and exciting learning experience.
Our other theater's (Star Rider), projector has the ability to display and control images much more efficent than the Zeiss, but the classic projector brings a warmer tone to the presentations at the main theater.