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Coca Cola Space Science Center
The CCSSC in Columbus, GA is a division of Columbus State University (CSU). The Center Opened for the purpose of public education in space science, physics, and astronomy.
First, visitors enjoy a dynamic and educational experience with our many interactive lobby displays. These displays include seven flight simulators, four of which have motion bases and are network-connected.

Next is the Omnisphere Theater Planetarium, which combines a high-resolution, full dome video projection system with laser effects and concert-quality sound. This planetarium is amount the most state-of-the-art theaters in the world.

The third component of CCSSC is the Mead Observatory, which was established specifically for astronomy outreach. The observtory's fleet of portable telescopes is used to provide public astronomy programs, both at the Center and throughout the region, reaching approximately 10,000 people annually. The main observatory instrument (a 16-inch Mead LX-200 Schmidt-Cassegrain) is now a dedicated solar telescope and has made important contributions, such as providing images for NASA's Transit of Venus observing program in June of 2004.

The final component is the Challenger Learning Center, a facilitu where groups of students and visitors can fly a simulated space mission completing scientific tasks in reproductions of both Mission Control and the Space Station. This experience build both teamwork and communication skilss, reinforces scientific concepts, and inspires the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Mead Observatory
Attached to the Coca-Cola Space Science Center at Columbus State University.

The Observatory operates several telescopes, including a Mead 16" LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. The Observatory provides an array of special programs including regular public observing sessions, coverage of major astronomical events such as eclipses, comets, and meteor showers and the Mobile Astronomy Program. Astronomers and student have access to CCD (Charged Coupled Device) imaging cameras and video devices for capturing high-detail images of nearly any celestial object including our Sun.
Coca Cola Space Science Center Observatory
The Remote Imaging Solar Observatory (RISO) program
The remote observatory allows teachers and students anywhere in the world to log in and operate the Meade Telescope.

Teachers log into the website at a given time and control the Meade Telescope from their very own classroom. Students can use the telescope to view features on the sun and take pictures like those in the CCSSC image gallery. It's a fun and interactive way for students to learn about featuers on the sun.

This exciting program is now available for scheduling. Email riso@ccssc.org with any questions or to schedule a session. Portions of the program are supported by NASA through the Georgia Space Grant Consortium.
Hours of Operation
Mon-Thrus 10 am - 4 pm, Fri 10 am - 8 pm, Sat 10:30 am - 8 pm, Sunday closed.
Contact, Address and Website
Phone: 706-649-1470 or 706-649-1486 - Address: 701 Front Ave. Columbus, GA 31901 - Coca Cola Space Center Website
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