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Posted June 14, 2011, at 6:37 p.m.

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Astronauts Ball

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, the Challenger Learning Center of Maine will hold its fourth annual Astronauts Ball 6-11 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.

Special guests will be:

• Joan Scobee Rodgers, founding chairman of the CCSSE program and widow of Challenger 51-L commander Dick Scobee. She is the author of “Silver Linings: My Life Before and After Challenger 7” and will sign copies with proceeds from sales going to the center in Bangor.

• Astronaut Rick Hauck, pilot of the Challenger shuttle mission STS-7 in June 1983. Hauck has donated the grand prize for the raffle drawing — lunch for six with Hauck, a mission party at Challenger Learning Center of Maine, a framed display of souvenirs from Hauck’s STS-7 mission including autographed photo of the crew, a mission patch, inscription and the actual cue card that was attached to the flight control panel of Challenger.

Also being raffled are two round trip tickets to Orlando, courtesy of Allegiant Air.

The Astronauts Ball will feature music by Brian Catell and Jump City Jazz, a celestial menu, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and “cool space stuff.”

“This event is a fundraiser for the Challenger Learning Center of Maine in our mission to inspire Maine’s students in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology,” said Executive Director Susan Jonason. “Proceeds will help us in our efforts to serve thousands of students each year with Challenger’s space science missions.”

Tickets are $75 each and may be reserved at 990-2900, ext. 4, or info@clcofme.org with the subject “Astro Ball.” For information about Challenger Learning Center of Maine, visit www.astronaut.org.

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