Provo Beach hosts free NASA-themed night

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NASA Solar System Ambassador Patrick Wiggins is presenting about his out-of-this-world experience to the community Monday night.  (Photo by Bill Dunford)

NASA Solar System Ambassador Patrick Wiggins is presenting about his out-of-this-world experience at Provo Beach Monday night. (Photo by Bill Dunford)

Provo Beach is launching a free family-friendly night — which is also educational — with a NASA-themed evening.

NASA Solar System Ambassador Patrick Wiggins is presenting about his out-of-this-world experience to the community Monday night. Wiggins worked at the late Hansen Planetarium from 1975 to 2002. As an amateur astronomer, he found 4 1/2 minor planets, a gamma ray burst, a supernova and has been a co-author on a few papers in the journal Icarus. Since 2001, Wiggins has been a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Wiggins told NASA his favorite audience to present to is school kids.

“You have to reach them when they’re very young,” Wiggins said. “By the time they’re in high school, it can sometimes be too late. But it’s so important because we need more kids in science, especially girls.”

Along with Wiggins presentation, Provo Beach will have a balloon artist, face painting, caricature artist and much more to celebrate the opening of their NASA-themed laser tag. The first 100 guests will receive 2-for-1 laser tag.

“We actually visited Cape Canaveral, Fla. to come up with the ideas for the layout and design of the new attraction,”said Jay Roberts, Provo Beach general manager. “We wanted to create a fun and educational environment for guests to learn about the history of the space program.”

The presentation begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. For more information about the event, visit provobeach.com.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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