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Shepherd University Observatory hosts Martinsburg Civil Air Patrol Squadron members
ISSUED: 11 May 2007
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Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Observatory hosted members of the Civil Air Patrol's Martinsburg Composite Squadron on Monday, May 8 as part of the Civil Air Patrol's ongoing Aerospace Education Program.
Dr. Jason Best, associate professor of astrophysics and director of the observatory, held an extensive question-and-answer session with the 20 cadets, covering topics such as the birth and death of stars, current technology used in astronomical observations, and the evolution of scientific ideas over the last 2,000 years. The cadets, parents, and senior members of the Civil Air Patrol then explored the night sky, using two of the university's telescopes to observe the planets Saturn and Venus.
Civil Air Patrol, the official United States Air Force auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with almost 62,000 members nationwide. It performs 95 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief, and counter drug missions at the request of federal, state, and local agencies. The members take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the almost 27,0000 young people participating in CAP cadet programs. The West Virginia Wing has approximately 680 members with 12 units statewide. CAP has been performing missions for America for more than 60 years.
For more information about the Shepherd University Observatory visithttp://www.shepherd.edu/astronomy. For more information about the Civil Air Patrol's Martinsburg Composite Squadron, visit http://www.martinsburgcap.com.