LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium will commemorate Sept. 11 with a laser program that recognizes the spirit of America as it responded to the terrorist attacks on this country.

    The planetarium will show “Laser Spirit” at 12:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. “Laser Spirit” combines patriotic music with laser effects in a stirring tribute to the victims, their families and the volunteers who responded to the events of Sept. 11. The program will replace the planetarium’s current immersavision feature, “BIG,” on the Sept. 11 schedule.

    “BIG,” a show that explores the size of the universe using immersavision, laser and claymation effects, will anchor the planetarium’s fall lineup, which will begin Aug. 30. “BIG” will be shown Tuesdays through Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., with additional Saturday and Sunday shows at 3 p.m. The presentation also includes a live tour of the current night sky.

    The planetarium also will begin showing “Legends of the Night Sky – Perseus and Andromeda” Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. “Legends” uses lasers to animate the classic mythological story of love and heroism. The presentation also includes a live tour of the current night sky.

    The fall schedule also will include “African Garden of Eden,” a Cinemuse feature that explores the Kalahari Desert’s transformation during the rainy season from a desert wasteland to a lush oasis where zebras, flamingos and other species gather. The planetarium will show “African Garden of Eden” Saturdays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

    The planetarium will show “Skies over Louisville” Saturdays and Sundays at 1:45 p.m. The program features an in-depth tour of the night sky as seen from the Louisville area.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.