The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a place of never-ending inspiration and discovery, with a focus on science, history and culture.
With $1.2 million in renovations, all of the shows at this iconic planetarium feature the latest Digistar projection technology and immersive surround sound for an unbelievably rich and realistic experience.
The reclined chairs offer a unique experience unlike any other theatre. Beginning with a tour of the night's starry sky scene, you are shown several prominent constellations and planets before your show begins. With general admission planetarium shows are $4 each, Museum members are free and planetarium only tickets $5. Programs also available for school visits.
This brief documentary highlights Chaffee's life and dream to be an astronaut.
Located on the second floor of the Museum, the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium is named after the Grand Rapids-born astronaut who lost his life in the 1967 Apollo 1 spacecraft fire.
Chaffee was born in 1935, and attended Central High School in Grand Rapids where he did well in school and graduated in 1953.
He began pilot training in Florida, flying many planes including the T-34, T-28 and A3D. In 1963, along with thirteen other pilots, Chaffee was chosen to be an astronaut as part of NASA Astronaut Group 3. He served as capsule communicator for the Gemini 3 and 4 missions. During a pre-flight test for the Apollo 1 mission, Chaffee and two others died in a fire at the Cape Kennedy Air Force Station Launch Complex 34, Florida.
Empowering space enthusiasts young and old, Roger B. Chaffee's life and service is honored throughout Grand Rapids and the Planetarium.