Away Mission: Griffith Observatory

11 (Saturday) at noon: We’ll meet at Griffith Observatory, the landmark featured in movies varying from “Rebel Without A Cause” (1955) to “The Terminator” (1984). It was also the site for the “Star Trek: Voyager” two-parter “Future’s End” (1996). This is our first visit since 2015 to the observatory, which is at 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Angeles 90027. Arrive early for the best spots in the parking lot or along the road (free parking is also available near the Greek Theater and in a free parking lot on the other side of the hill). Carpooling is encouraged. We’ll start our day at the observatory with lunch at the Cafe at the End of the Universe. As we eat, we’ll decide which shows to see at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. We’ll also visit the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater, in which the star who played the original Spock narrates a documentary about the observatory and the Los Angeles resident who made the observatory and Griffith Park possible: Griffith J. Griffith. Shows are throughout the day. Our mission also will include a stroll through the solar system in the Gunther Depths of Space Exhibits. And we’ll check out the Wilder Hall of Eye and Ahmanson Hall of Sky exhibits. Observatory admission is free. The planetarium shows cost $7, with discounts for seniors, children and Friends of the Observatory members. See you in outer space! For more information, contact Dave Mason aor go to www.griffithobservatory.org.

Commander Christopher Mulrooney

Assistant Chief Operations Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840