“When is the ‘Taste of Space’ Adults-Only Event at the Adler Planetarium?” by S.M. O’Connor

Adler After Dark: Taste of Space will be at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.    This event is for adults (twenty-one-years-of-age-and-over.) DJ catieo will spin an eclectic mix of “Anatolian psychedelic rock, disco, French Boogie, space rock, electronic, minimal wave, and soul.”

The Adler Planetarium stated, “Hydroponics and closed-loop food production are evolving technologies and will be vital on future manned missions throughout the Solar System.”  The “Taste of Space” event is an opportunity to learn about aquaponics and sustainable food production methods with Plant Chicago, sample hydroponically-grown micro-greens grown at Closed Loop Farms, learn about “space foods” astronauts consume aboard the International Space Station, and learn how different places in outer space may smell.  Chat about all things space-related with Astronomy on Tap.  Guests can challenge each other in a “no-holds-barred team trivia game hosted by AoT where astronomy meets… gastronomy!”  Try a special brew from Empirical Brewery.

Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscience professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona; a N.A.S.A. Solar System Ambassador; and aspiring astronaut will discuss “food strategies for long-duration spaceflight and how eating like a Martian can help us in creating sustainable food economies here on Earth.”  On the first season of the Science Channel show Strange Evidence, she was the science demonstration expert.  Dr. Proctor has taught at the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum and N.A.S.A.’s Kennedy Space Center and Goddard Spaceflight Center.  She was a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) 2017 Teacher at Sea.


Figure 1 Credit: The Adler Planetarium Caption: This is the logo for Adler After Dark.

Adler After Dark events occur every third Thursday of the month.  During Summer Hours (May-August), these events occur from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  The rest of the year, Adler After Dark events occur from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  There is a different theme every month.  Click here to read the Cosplay & Costuming Weapons Policy.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for Members.  Click here to purchase tickets online in advance.  If any tickets remain unsold, they will be sold at the door at a cost of $25 for the general public and $15 for Members.  For a group of fifteen or more or for corporate booking, e-mail groups@adlerplanetarium.org.

Tours of the Doane Observatory are $8 for the general public and Members alike.  Please note that the observatory program may be altered or canceled due to weather conditions at the discretion of observatory staff.

The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum is located at the northeastern corner of Northerly Island, which is really a peninsula.  It is the only island from a chain of artificial islands Daniel Hudson Burnham, Senior (1846-1912) and Edward H. Bennett (1874-1954) called for in the Plan of Chicago.  Northerly Island is part of the Chicago Park District’s Burnham ParkThe Field Museum of Natural History, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum comprise the Museum Campus at the northern end of Burnham Park, east of Grant Park in downtown Chicago.  Soldier Field and the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place are immediately south of the Museum Campus.  The Arie Crown Theater is inside the Lakeside Center.

The address is 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.  The phone number is (312) 922-7827.  The Website U.R.L. is https://www.adlerplanetarium.org.

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