Clark Planetarium receives donation from ATK through long-term partnership

Dani Weigand

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Dani Weigand, Clark Planetarium
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As part of a long-term agreement to help ignite excitement and learning of space and science in Utah, Clark Planetarium has received a check from ATK for the amount of $75,000.

The donation comes through a 10-year partnership established in 2006 between Clark Planetarium and ATK which includes cash and in-kind contributions totaling $1 million. Together, the two organizations share a strong commitment to promote science education in Utah.

“We are proud to have ATK as our long term partner to assist our organization in promoting the importance of space science in our community,” said Clark Planetarium director Seth Jarvis. “The support we receive from ATK helps the planetarium deliver our educational programs to over 80,000 Utah schoolchildren each year.”

ATK shares the planetarium’s commitment to encouraging public interest in science education in our communities. ATK vice president of Strategy and Business for Space Launch Systems, Kent Rominger states, “ATK is proud to be a supporter of Clark Planetarium and what the organization stands for. The education system in Utah needs more emphasis on space science and Clark Planetarium is uniquely positioned to lead that effort. Now more than ever, it is important for Utah’s parents and business leaders to recognize the importance of space and science education to our state and our nation’s future.”

Pictured left to right: John Whitmer, Clark Planetarium board member; Seth Jarvis, planetarium director; Kent Rominger, ATK/planetarium board member; Scott Scharman, planetarium board vice chair; Sterling Poulson, planetarium board member.

ATK, with manufacturing facilities in Promontory, Clearfield and Magna was instrumental in the U.S. Space Shuttle missions through manufacturing the Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) used on every shuttle mission. NASA has selected ATK’s five-segment solid rocket motors for initial flights of the new Space Launch System, an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit. ATK news and information can be found at www.atk.com.

Clark Planetarium’s mission is to create and present stimulating educational programs that effectively share astronomy and space exploration with Salt Lake County residents, Utah students, educators and families and visitors from around the country and the world. For more information visit www.clarkplanetarium.org or follow Clark Planetarium on twitter or Facebook.

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