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Bechtel National Planetarium Opening at Columbia Basin College

Bechtel National Planetarium

Columbia Basin College, Pasco WA.

Dec. 4 & 5, 2012 

CBC's SciDome, a high definition XD Spitz planetarium, has the highest quality imaging system in today's industry giving observers an impressive amphitheater wrap-around seating for an excellent viewing experience.

The dome can also simulate IMAX-like theater porjections and allows for a variety of educational opportunities. This facility will be used for teaching astronomy, history, biology, physics, and geology.

This state of the art facility was achieved by the dedication of people and organizations like Rich Cummings/CBC President, Mike Durst /Planetarium Director, The CBC Foundation Board of Directors, the Community Enrichment Foundation, CBC Board of Trustees, Frank Russo/Bechtel Project Director, students and many astronomers and CBC supporters. The planetarium opened its doors to the public December 4th, 2012, and certainly has great promises in providing wonderful opportunities for today's curious minds and the minds of our future generations.


Charlie Duke - Apollo 16 Astronaut

Story Musgrave - Shuttle Astronaut

John Phillips - Shuttle Astronaut

Jeffrey Roth - Filmmaker

Mike Joner - Research Astronomer

Lucy West - Space Artist

Hulan Fleming - Space Artist

Photo Gallery


Left to Right: (Front row) Dave Retter, Mike Durst, Jeffery Roth, Charlie Duke, Rich Cummings, Eric Clements, Story Musgrave; (back row) Karl Olson, Frank Russo 

Above photo: Charlie Duke speaking at CBC's planetarium ribbon cutting.

Above Photo: Mike Durst, Planetarium Director.

Above photo: Story Musgrave and Rich Cummings 

Above photo: Charlie Duke speaks with future astronauts!

Above photo: Mike Durst and Charlie Duke

Above photo: Story Musgrave and John Phillips first time introductions.

About The Artist

Member of

International Association of

Astronomical Artists

You can also see Lucy's work at the following NASA sites:

Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory Operations

Lucy's work is also featured on

Discover Magazine by

@BadAstronomer - Phil Plait

'The Brush Strokes of Star Birth'

and featrued in Plait's

2012 Best Astronomy Images

posted in

Astronomer Without Borders


The Art of Space

Find Lucy's work featured in

Ron Miller's beautiful book,

"The Art of Space"

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