Basic Membership Benefits

 
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Complimentary Tickets
For yourself, to share with friends or donate to a local cause.
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Bimonthly Newsletter
With updates about programs and activities at the Cernan Center.
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Abrams Sky Calendar
 
A detailed overview of what is visible in the sky each month.
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Invitations to Special Events.
 
Preview new shows or enjoy a guest speaker.
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Discount in the Star Store
 
10% off your purchase with your membership card.

Choose Your Annual Level of Support

 
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Skywatcher
 
$50 (12 Comp Tickets)
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Stellar Supporter
 
$110 (24 Comp Tickets)
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Galactic Giver
 
$250 (40 Comp Tickets)
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Cosmic Contributor
 
$500 (75 Comp Tickets)
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Cosmic Contributor
 
$500 (75 Comp Tickets)

Higher level memberships are for philanthropic-minded individuals who wish to support new programming, technology upgrades, and special activities. Additional benefits are available at higher levels. Visit triton.edu/cernan or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3408 for details.

Contributions are tax deductible for income tax purposes in the amount and to the extent provided by law.

Who is Captain Gene Cernan?

The Cernan Earth and Space Center is named for astronaut Eugene A. Cernan (CAPT, USN, Retired) who was born on March 14, 1934, and raised in suburban Bellwood, not far from the Triton College campus where the Cernan Earth and Space Center is located.

Before becoming an astronaut, Gene Cernan was an American naval officer, naval aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer and fighter pilot. He flew aboard the Gemini 9, Apollo 10 and Apollo 17 missions. In December 1972, Captain Cernan was the last astronaut to leave his footprints on the lunar surface.

Big Event List

Our annual "Big Event" welcomes an astronaut or scientist for a special presentation and reception once each year. Since the Cernan Center inaugurated its membership program in early 1985, we have welcomed the following speakers:

Date of "Big Event" Guest Speaker
1. Sat., Jan. 12, 1985 Eugene Cernan, Gemini and Apollo Astronaut
2. Sat., Feb. 15, 1986 James Lovell, Gemini and Apollo Astronaut
3. Sat., Feb. 21, 1987 Lee Sentell, U.S. Space Camp and Academy
4. Sat., Feb. 6, 1988 Alan Bean, Apollo & Skylab Astronaut/Space Artist
5. Fri., Feb. 17, 1989 Edward 'Rocky' Kolb, Astronomer from Fermilab
6. Sat., Jan. 27, 1990 Byron Lichtenberg, Space Shuttle Astronaut
7. Sat., Feb. 23, 1991 Eugene Cernan, Gemini and Apollo Astronaut
8. Sat., Feb. 8, 1992 Janice Voss, Astronaut Candidate
9. Fri., June 11, 1993 James Kaler, Astronomer/Author
10. Fri., April 15, 1994 Richard Berry, Astronomer/Former Chief Editor of Astronomy
11. Sun., April 2, 1995 Bruce McCandless, Space Shuttle Astronaut
12. Fri., March 22, 1996 David Levy, Astronomer/Comet Expert
13. Sat., March 1, 1997 Alan Hale, Comet Expert (Co-Discoverer of Comet Hale-Bopp)
14. Sat., April 18, 1998 Edward 'Rocky' Kolb, Astronomer from Fermilab
15. Sat., March 13, 1999 Paul Sereno, Dinosaur Expert
16. Sat., April 1, 2000 Fred Espenak, Solar Eclipse Expert
17. Sat., March 3, 2001 Story Musgrave, Space Shuttle Astronaut
18. Sat., April 13, 2002 James Oberg, Expert on the Soviet and Russian Space Program
19. Sat., March 1, 2003 Rob Landis, NASA-JPL (Cassini and Mars Exploration Rover Projects)
20. Sat., March 27, 2004 Story Musgrave, Space Shuttle Astronaut
21. Sat., April 9, 2005 Paul Sereno, Dinosaur Expert
22. Sat., Aug. 26, 2006 Paul Sirvatka, Severe Weather Expert/Storm Chaser
23. Sat., Nov. 3, 2007 Stanley Ambrose, Anthropologist/Archeologist
24. Fri., Aug. 22, 2008 Story Musgrave, Space Shuttle Astronaut
25. Sat., Aug. 22, 2009 Galileo Galilei, 17th century Italian scientist, as portrayed by Mark Thompson.
26. Sat., Aug. 14, 2010 Dr. Margaret A. Weitekamp, Author, Space Historian.
27. Sat., Sep. 17, 2011 Dr. Paul Sipiera, Antarctic Meteorite researcher.
28. Sat., Sep. 8, 2012 Brother Guy Consolmagno, Astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory.
29. Sat., Sep. 28, 2013 Paul Sirvatka, Severe Weather Expert/Storm Chaser
30. Sat., Oct. 11, 2014 Scott Williams, Dinosaur Expert
31. Sat., Sep. 12, 2015 Dr. Dan Hooper, Revealing The Nature of Dark Matter
32. Sat., Apr. 22, 2017 Fred Espenak, Solar Eclipse Expert