Artemis Program Update, NASA’s Lucy Mission – Santa Monica Daily Press

The John Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College continues its Friday night events in May 2022 with free live virtual shows presented online at This month’s friendly presentations will cover the latest information on the Artemis program and take a look at Lucy, NASA’s mission to explore the Trojan asteroids.

Friday night shows take place at 8 p.m. and are preceded by a simplified virtual summary of the popular Night Sky Show at 7 p.m., offering the latest in astronomy and space exploration. Shows include the opportunity to chat with planetarium speakers and ask questions.

Planetarium speakers are currently using the Zoom platform to present shows. To watch the shows, the Zoom software must be installed on the viewer’s computer. A free download is available at

The May 2022 shows are:

• Friday, May 6 and 13, at 8 p.m. (after The Night Sky Show at 7 p.m.): “Artemis Program Update” — Lecturer Jim Mahon. The highly anticipated Artemis 1 flight has been delayed again and is now slated for a possible launch in June at the earliest. The show – presented twice this month – will offer a shuttle program veteran’s perspective on developments and examine the status of the program and likely paths forward after this first uncrewed test flight . Free. Zoom to

• Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m. (after The Night Sky Show at 7 p.m.): “We Love Lucy” — Associate Lecturer Sarah Vincent. NASA sends an unprecedented mission to Jupiter. Show will feature an in-depth look at Lucy, an extraordinary mission that will explore both sets of Trojan asteroids in search of clues to the history of the solar system. Free. Zoom to

More information is available online at or by calling 310-434-3005. All shows are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Santa Monica College is a community college in California accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Submitted by Grace Smith

Arline J. Mercier