Experience the Power of the “Green Side”

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The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) announced the opening of a brand-new traveling exhibit that will be on its campus beginning September 12 until December 31, 2011. The exhibit is called Living in Space, and it is inspired by the International Space Station (ISS) – the single largest international aerospace project ever undertaken by humankind.

Living in Space allows visitors to become ISS crewmembers for a day as they engage in a multitude of astronaut activities. For example, guests plan their day in space, perform work activities such as a simulated science experiment, engage in daily living activities such as mealtime, or choose play/free-time activities.

To get ready for this exciting exhibition, the GEHC is showing the original Star Wars films on three successive Fridays. The films will be shown in the Cisco Blue Planet Theater, beginning with Episode IV – A New Hope on July 22, 2011. The Empire Strikes Back (Episode V) will be shown on July 29, 2011, and Return of the Jedi (Episode VI) will be shown on August 5, 2011. All three films will begin at 7 p.m.

“Star Wars captivated me as a young child because it exposed me to the possibilities of space. Here was this unlimited frontier with exciting worlds and people,”# said Jason West, GEHC Director of Development.# “I can”t think of a better way to get ready for this exciting exhibit on space.”#

Members of the local 501st Legion, the world”s definitive imperial costuming organization, as well as members of the staff of the Museum Replicas Limited Store at the Mall of Georgia will be on hand to create the perfect Star Wars atmosphere by appearing as various Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Storm Troopers, and various Jedi Knights.

Visitors are also encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character. Admission charges for each program are $3.00 per adult and $1.00 per child (12 and under).# GEHC members are admitted free.# Movie concessions will also be available for purchase.

Living in Space was created by the Children”s Museum of Memphis and is sponsored locally by Cisco and the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Foundation.

“I hope to see you at all of these showings as we celebrate the power of the “GREEN” side,”# added West.# For more information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.