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The Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee hosted a party for the planned launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in December

NASA’s massive James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch on December 18. In recognition of the upcoming opportunity, the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee hosted a pre-launch party for the landmark mission on Saturday, November 20.

An animated film in the center’s planetarium told the story of the ordinary little yellow star – like our sun – trying to find its own planets. His search includes an encounter with a red giant star.

(Yellow Star) “Are you mad at me?”

(Red Star) “No, I’m not angry.”

(Yellow Star) “Well, you look red and angry!”

(Red Star) “No, man, I’m cool. Red Stars are cool.”

David Fierro of the Challenger Center said this and other fun events were in anticipation of a special launch into space.

“The James Webb is amazing! It’s the next generation of space telescopes. Everyone knows Hubble. That’s what’s next.”

And the next step for the Challenger Center, he said, is a return to full function very soon.

“The planetarium has reopened. We’re showing movies there. And we’re really excited for January because we’re going to be able to reopen the renovated IMAX theater.”

The Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee was one of a handful of sites nationwide chosen to host the James Webb Space Telescope pre-launch celebration.