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Southern Oregon Skywatchers to host virtual 'Space Perspective' event

Two people involved in the design for the food, water, and air systems for the Biosphere 2 prototype space base and a variety of other space-related projects will be the guests at an upcoming Zoom event hosted by the Southern Oregon Skywatchers and North Medford High School.

Taber MacCallum and Jane Poynter, co-CEO’s of the Space Perspective, an agency dedicated to space exploration, will talk about their work at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, launching balloons into the stratosphere from the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility.

“Few endeavors are more meaningful than making travel to the edge of space safely accessible to millions of people from every walk of life,” the Space Perspective website, thespaceperspective.com, reads. “By all accounts, the multifaceted, transformative experience of seeing the limb of the earth and atmosphere from space is stunningly beautiful, stark, and profoundly moving.”

North Medford High School astronomy teacher and planetarium director Robert Black and Southern Oregon Skywatchers official Sean Curry will moderate the event. Questions from attendees can be relayed to the speakers via Zoom chat.

The Zoom link for the event is medfordsd.zoom.us/j/96236618560.

North Medford High School students captured this image of Mount Shasta in May 2018, using a high-altitude balloon similar to the two they used to photograph the Aug. 2017 total solar eclipse. Photo courtesy of Robert Black, North Medford High School.