Astronaut Barratt at OMSI on July 23

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NASA astronaut and Camas native Mike Barratt will be featured speaker at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s celebration of Astronomy Day on July 23.

OMSI plans a full day (and into the night) opportunity to learn about the universe. Space travel and life on the International Space Station will be discussed by Barratt; he spent 199 days in space on two flights, including the final mission for space shuttle Discovery.

Barratt’s lectures are at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Kendall Planetarium. Space is limited and reservations are recommended by visiting http://omsi.edu/events#barratt.

As a child, Barratt frequently visited OMSI, where his mother was a volunteer. He attended OMSI classes and built his first telescope with the help of a former OMSI Planetarium director. His biography is at: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/barratt-mr.html.

Astronomy Day activities are included with paid admission.

The day begins at 10 a.m. on OMSI’s front plaza with one-on-one conversations with local astronomy experts, including members of Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers as well as Pine Mountain Observatory, Rose City Astronomers, Columbia River Gorge State Parks, Sunriver Observatory and Portland State University’s meteorite lab. Experts will be available on the plaza until 4 p.m.

The day will be capped — weather permitting — with a star-viewing party at OMSI’s east parking lot at 9:30 p.m. OMSI is at 1945 S.E. Water Ave. in Portland.