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Written by: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Date: March 6, 2012

A New Digital Planetarium Show at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Heikoff Dome Theater, Every Saturday & Sunday Morning at 11AM.


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San Diego, March 6, 2012 -- Bring your kids to SECRET OF THE CARDBOARD ROCKET and they can explore the universe for themselves in a new digital planetarium show at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Heikoff Dome Theater, every Saturday and Sunday morning at 11AM.

Two young adventurers turn an old cardboard box into a rocket and with the help of a magical Astronomy Book and their vivid imaginations, blast off on an awesome journey to the most amazing places in the Solar System. Preparing for their daring exploits by packing everything they need, including balloons full of air and an onboard computer made from a shoebox, they find themselves in space – and discover that their astronomy book talks – and knows his stuff! With 'Book' as their guide, the travelers seek to visit the Sun and explore all the planets and Pluto.

They fly through the Great Red Spot on Jupiter; land on Venus, Mars and Pluto; and view the other planets and the Sun from close vantage points. As they tour the solar system, 'Book' relays interesting facts about each body, making sure his students learn something while on their wild ride. Brother and sister gasp in amazement at the enormity of Jupiter, find out what Saturn's rings are made of and, in the end, discover the SECRET OF THE CARDBOARD ROCKET. In the most dynamic fashion possible, the young star travelers show you what could only be dreamed of before. From the boiling surface of the sun to the icy rings of Saturn, children of all ages will be mesmerized by the incredible scenery in motion that only the Heikoff Dome Theatre can offer. Discover the wonder of discovery in SECRET OF THE CARDBOARD ROCKET.

This fun and painless way to introduce kids to the solar system lets kids learn what a planet is, how the planets are different from each other, and why our earth is such a special place. With knowledge and imagination, we can travel anywhere in our minds - not even the sky is the limit - so let our digital GSX™ projection system put YOU smack in the center of the universe!

Great for young children ages 3-10 and their families, this open-ended engagement began March 3; it will play every Saturday & Sunday morning at 11AM. Tickets are $15.75 for adults and $12.75 for kids and seniors. 40 minutes

About the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center ("the Fleet") is home to Southern California's only IMAX® Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films in the Heikoff Dome Theater, featuring the world's first NanoSeam™ Dome screen in an IMAX Theater. The Fleet is the first Giant Dome Theater in the country to share a digital planetarium with an IMAX Dome theater, following the recent installation of a new, state-of-the-art, giant dome screen digital GSX™ system from Global Immersion, which augments the existing IMAX® projector in the Heikoff Dome Theater with one of the most comprehensive and powerful fulldome experiences available today. The digital system not only enhances our planetarium capabilities but expands the possibilities for sustainable institutional programming that could include evening programming with cultural content of various kinds. Experience seven galleries of fun, interactive exhibits, including major traveling exhibitions. A hurricane simulator thrills visitors with gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in Galileo's Café. Find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store. Located at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd, the Fleet Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. For information regarding current admission prices, please call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at

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