Monday night’s Astronomy Day celebration on the White House lawn featured a portable Discovery Dome operated by educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute with support from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Rice University, and Evans & Sutherland.

Rice provided the dome as part of their dome loaner program, HMNS provided the projection system and all of the content formatted correctly.

Christine Shupla made the 20 minute presentation live using Robot Explorers solar system animations from Evans & Sutherland.

Every institution played a critical role in making Astronomy Day under the Dome a success.

Christine Shupla’s creative use of Robot Explorers could inspire others to use this show as full-dome animations for telling a live story of NASA’s missions to the planets.

It is exciting to realize that these very portable Discovery Domes can reach every student in the US with the