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Science Central Planetarium gets boost from Legacy Fund

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - In November, Science Central announced it is raising funds to add Northeast Indiana's only public planetarium to its campus. Wednesday night, the Fort Wayne Legacy Fund Committee approved $500,000 to contribute to the project.

Science Central plans to raise more than $2 million for the planetarium. Executive Director Martin S. Fisher said he and his team are working with different foundations in the area on grants to help with funding. That $2 million will cover start up, demolition, construction staffing and equipment.

The project still has a ways to go. Fisher said once the "Fundraising phase" is done, they will then move onto the "design and contracting phase." From there, the planetarium would then take about a year to finish. The exhibit itself will be designed to see a lot more than just the stars in the night sky.

"So we can show everything from what it might look like to blast out into space and fly around the surface of Mars or through the rings of Saturn or even go as far out into space as possible based upon the research Data and imagery that NASA has been able to acquire so far," Fisher said.

The planetarium will be open "all hours of the day' according to Fisher. People can get in by paying admission to Science central as a whole. Fisher said Science Central is working on a link people can follow  to donate to the cost of the project if they would like. It will be on their website.

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