Riverside, CA – Flabob Airport and the Wathen Foundation functioned as hosts for a Planetary Society Day at the airport. The Planetary Society has 38,000 members worldwide and about 225 local members visited Flabob to explore the airport and its activities. Throughout the day, students aged 7 – 16, were treated to Young Eagle flights, with a total of 65 receiving their Young Eagle certificates.
The event which ran from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. featured a lecture by Mike Brown, who discussed his book, Why I Killed Pluto. Bill Nye, known nationally as The Science Guy, and who doubles as president of The Planetary Society, also addressed the students. He commented later that the reason The Planetary Society has partnered with the Wathen Foundation is due to the foundation’s diverse educational programs.
The Wathen Foundation owns Flabob Airport, sponsors a high school and a growing number of other educational programs. For more information visit: www.Flabob.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: Photo 1: Bill Nye, The Science Guy, signed autographs for young members of The Planetary Society.
Photo 2: Bill Sawin (left), author Mike Brown and Kevin McKenzie posed in front of the Starduster Too that was used to fly students who belong to the Planetary Society.
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