Lauren Roberts, Wichita Falls Times Record News
Published 9:12 pm. CT July 21, 2018
Buy Photo  The Kemp Center for the Arts hosted its closing presentation on Saturday for the ArtZeum, Outer Space!
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Engineer Calvin Seaman from Houston volunteered to talk with children and adults alike about Mars missions, spacewalks, and the repairs and enhancements to the Hubble telescope.
"I love to hear, I'm looking forward to answering questions," said Seaman.
Seaman said it's amazing what questions come from their minds, how smart the kids are and what they want to know.
The Apollo observe moon landings as a child-inspired seaman to study mathematics and science with the goal of one day becoming an astronaut. Every year his costume grew up on Halloween as an astronaut.
"I would ask my mother for stamps so that I could write letters to NASA and ask for information, they would send me fact sheets and brochures about researching the various send planets and what the Apollo astronauts did, "he said.
Today, anyone interested in NASA's space program has the same information and much more on their phones and computers.
When Seaman was old enough, he applied again and again to try to become an astronaut, but he was not selected.
"That's alright, I had the next best job because I worked with the astronauts teaching them how to make things and design and build tools for use in space," he said. "It was a great opportunity for me, I've been at NASA for 32 years and enjoyed every minute of it."
It is a large part of NASA's goal to educate the public, In particular, to reach young people, to encourage them to study science, engineering, engineering and mathematics also the arts, said Seaman.
"It's just something I like to do, a friend of a friend introduced me to the people in the museum and they asked me if I would help and I said I'd like to help," he said.
Chondra Paul brought her sons Bryce and Trynt to the lecture and the ArtZeum exhibition after watching the event on Facebook.
"I found it really interesting that someone from NASA would be in our city I took the opportunity to learn something more about space," said Paul.
Bryce thought the ArtZeum exhibit was pretty cool and liked that he could interact with the various room gauges and see the constellations that would be seen if there was no light pollution.
"It's a lot of interaction you do not do" "If you're anywhere else," Bryce said, "I think that's pretty interesting because we do not know much about space, and there's always more things to learn. "
Christine Heidebrecht, coordinator of the Arts Council, said that many people seem to think this art and science have nothing to do with each other.
" Much of what we at NASA do doing is art and science. It takes a lot of very imaginative thinking, "said Seaman.
Artists use scientific experiments when using Working with different materials, Heidebrecht said.
"When you speak a scientist, it takes a lot of creative problem solving, especially in outer space, to take what you know and apply it to different scenarios and all kinds of problems
During His lecture on Mars, Seaman said that the engineers had to be creative to understand how the reconnaissance marshals on Mars are cost-effective to land to cushion the rovers, and the money saved, allowed NASA to send two rovers instead of just one.
"This was a very innovative way of landing that we have never been to had done before. For me, this is a rather art-scientific solution to a very complicated problem, "said Seaman.
" So scientists and artists know that two go hand in hand. And we just want to help the public, "said Heidebrecht.
She said it was exciting this summer to see so many
"One might think that America has forgotten the space program," she said, "seeing so many people are so curious, and quite honestly, things like the Hubble Telescope helped us invest in our imagination to see some of the beauty in space. "
The ArtZeum: Outer Space! The summer exhibition ends on July 29 and the last summer camp is August 4. Then the Kemp returns Center for the Arts returned to their regular art galleries.
They have already decided that their theme for the third year of ArtZeum is going to focus on insects.
"Next In the summer, we will look at nature on our planet and talk about insects and insects and see them up close, "Heidebrecht said.
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