Badlands National Park hosting first-ever Astronomy Festival next month at visitor centre

Associated Press

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. - Get your telescopes and model rockets ready.

Badlands National Park has announced that it is holding its first-ever Astronomy Festival next month.

The Aug. 17-19 event will include hands-on activities and workshops, including model rocket building and launching, photography and night observations.

Guest speakers include NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, Dakota Lapse photography Randy Halverson whose time-lapse videos of South Dakota's night sky have gained national attention and nuclear physicist Peggy Norris.

All events will be in the area around the Ben Reifel Visitor Center.

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