Visit the Planetary Society’s new Pasadena digs

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The Planetary Society will host an open house Thursday at its new headquarters on South Grand Avenue.
Free public tours will be given from 4 to 7 p.m., and visitors will also be able to meet Bill Nye, the society’s new executive director, and his predecessor Lou Friedman, who helped found the organization 25 years ago.
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“… There are two questions that trouble us all from the moment we can think: Where did we come from, and are we alone?” Nye says. “It is the answers to these two questions that is the pursuit of the Planetary Society.”
Learn more about the society’s most ambitious program yet, LightSail-1. Friedman is directing the solar-sail mission, which will use sunlight to propel a small spacecraft — one smaller than a shoebox — in Earth’s orbit. The second and third LightSail missions will reach even farther into space.
“The thing that inspires kids about space exploration — we want to make that inspire the public,” Friedman says.
Tomorrow, Aug. 5, 4-7 p.m., The Planetary Society, 85 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena, (626) 793-5100, planetary.org
(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Weekend guide: Fusion Fridays, open house at JPL, and freebie day at Museums of the Arroyo

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Friday, May 14
  • Fusion Fridays at Pacific Asia Museum
Premiering Friday is Pacific Asia Museum’s dynamic summertime mix of art, conversation, music, dance, drinks and food — from your favorite mobile gourmet food like The Sweets Truck and Frysmith. Cocktail attire or Asian-fusion dress encouraged. This month’s event, held in the courtyard and throughout the museum complex, highlights the art of India and Pakistan through Bhangra DJ music, dance performances, mehndi body art and a miniature art project celebrating current PacAsia Museum exhibits.
$10 admission; free for members. Friday, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., 46 N. Los Robles Ave., pacificasiamuseum.org
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