AUBURN — A traveling exhibition devoted to space exploration and NASA comes to the Auburn Public Library this week.

“Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space” is scheduled to arrive Wednesday, April 13, Director Mamie Anthoine Ney said. The entire library will close briefly Thursday for setup, and reopen Friday.

The exhibit iitself officially opens to the public at 3 p.m. Friday, April 22, and will be displayed through July 8.

“Everything is free, everything is open to the public,” she said. “We are reaching out to the 14 towns in Androscoggin County to invite them all to come.”

The display, sponsored by the Space Science Institute and Discover NASA, brings a series of interactive kiosks to the library.

“One has a double set of TV monitors,” Ney said. “One is a continuous loop that shows you what life is like on the station and the other video shows you what it looks like looking down on the Earth from the space station.”

Another lets the patron create their own solar system on a computer simulation, with their own stars, comets and planets.

The library has also committed to hosting a series of space-themed programs. John Meader of Fairfield will bring his portable Northern Stars Planetarium to the library Thursday, April 28, for four shows. Preregistration is required, so those interested in attending should contact the library.

The library is also hosting the children’s programs Mad Science of Maine on Saturday, April 30, an astronaut-themed show Friday, April 29, and a space weather program on May 20.

The library is showing the movie “Gravity” for teens and adults on May 13; a lesson on making your own telescope on May 18; choosing the best telescope on May 9; and a book club discussion about Andy Weir’s novel “The Martian” on May 12.

Bates College physics professor Nicole Hastings will present a lecture on gravity, black holes and time travel on June 6.

Event times will be announced closer to the date.

Ney said the library is also trying to schedule a presentation by former workers at the Andover Earth Station in Maine, one of the first satellite communication stations established in the country.

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