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Humanists going to Pasadena to visit NASA's JPL lab

From: The Humanist F.
Sent on: Monday, July 7, 2008 11:47 AM
This bus trip is Wednesday August 13th, and as of today July 7 there are two seats left. Call the tour company today if you want to go. They're at[masked]-5777. Tell them you're with the Humanist Fellowship group.

The bus will leave from Mission Valley and then pick up also in North County. It's going to be a twelve hour day and you should be home about 8 p.m. The bus will arrive in Pasadena in time for lunch at the colorful Pasadena Farmer's Market where you eat then it's onward to JPL for our guided tour.

This is a high-security NASA facility and you will be required to show identification. Your driver's license or a passport or green card will get you in unless you're Osama Bin Laden. The cost for the trip is $65. They warn us that there is normally some walking and stair-climbing during the tour however if you have special needs such as your own wheelchair they can accommodate you.

The director of the Cassini Project, Carolyn Porco, accepted the Humanist Science Award in Washington DC a few weeks ago. Carolyn will be in Colorado the day of our visit but we will try to arrange tea with one of her crew if one happens to be in Pasadena when we are there. The Cassini probes are the ones sending back to Earth those beautiful pictures of the rings of Saturn and you will have the opportunity to see how it's done. They start the tour with a film then they escort you through the facility to give you an inside look at space exploration.

When Carl Sagan was named Humanist of the Year, he accepted the award right here in San Diego. Carl was involved with the Pioneer probes and they will tell us about these. We once held a Humanist meeting at the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theatre addressed by Humanist George Abell of UCLA, author of "Exploration of the Universe." Let's remember Carl Sagan and George Abell, and honor them, and Carolyn Porco, and celebrate the ongoing exploration of the Solar System by cutting-edge science guided by Humanist minds.

Francis


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The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego
Chapter of the American Humanist Association
P. O. Box 12163, San Diego CA[masked]
Website: www.HFSD.info
E-mail: [address removed]
Telephones:[masked]--4159 (Susi);[masked] (voicemail)

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