Planetarium


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The planetarium was established in 1969 as part of an initiative to enhance science education in America, the El Paso Public School system, the Junior League of El Paso, and the National Science Foundation pooled their resources through the National Defense Education Act and constructed this gateway to the Universe. Since it's creation, the planetarium has been a place where well over a million students in the El Paso Independent School District, students from all around the El Paso region, and the general public have traveled to the far reaches of the Universe from the comfort of our 120 reclined seats.











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In 2001, the EPISD renamed the planetarium after famous El Pasoan, Gene Roddenberry. Born in the Sun City in 1921, Gene Roddenberry was a radio man on bombers in World War II and became a famous Hollywood screen writer. He is most famous for his work in creating the science fiction TV programs and movies called, Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry's vision of a future where people of all origins, races, and creeds can work and live together in peace and understanding fits well with our school district's philosophy for the success of all our students. It is just a part of how we prepare  them to lead us all into the 'Final Frontier'...




A 21st Century Planetarium

Picture In 2009, the EPISD received a grant from the Department of Defense. A very small portion of this grant went into a major upgrade of the planetarium. The old star machine and all of the hundred or so special effects projectors that were integrated to portray our education program content on the planetarium dome were replaced with a single all digital projection system called the Digistar. Starting with Digistar 3 and advancing to Digistar 4 in 2010 and finally Digistar 5 in 2013, the future is here now! This powerful instructional tool allows the planetarium to offer programs both closely aligned with the Texas state and national science standards and visually exciting to experience. The Gene Roddenberry Planetarium strives to bring our student's science and astronomy education to a whole new level! In 2001, the EPISD renamed the planetarium after famous El Pasoan, Gene Roddenberry. Born in the Sun City in 1921, Gene Roddenberry was a radio man on bombers in World War II and became a famous Hollywood screen writer. He is most famous for his work in creating the science fiction TV programs and movies called, Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry's vision of a future where people of all origins, races, and creeds can work and live together in peace and understanding fits well with our school district's philosophy for the success of all our students. It is just a part of how we prepare  them to lead us all into the 'Final Frontier'...

Here are the phases of the Moon for 2014
Click on the image for the Moon Phases this month!


The Planetarium is a part of the
Instructional Technology Services Department.
Click on the logos below to go to the I.T.S. website...

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