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Children's Museum Celebrating Planetarium's 50th Anniversary

Children's Museum Celebrating Planetarium's 50th Anniversary

The Children's Museum , in West Hartford , is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Gengras Planetarium in October with a series of special presentations.

The planetarium and its 40-foot dome opened to the public in October of 1968, when Russell Harding, the planetarium's first operator, told the Hartford Courant it was better than Stanley Kubrick 's "2001: A Space Odyssey."

"For 10 minutes, we can out-do '2001,'" Harding told the Courant.

When it opened, the planetarium - which took spectators on trips right to Jupiter - was part of the museum's new $1 million science center.

Now, the planetarium is operated by...

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