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The Insiders: Make space in your schedule for an out-of-this-world lecture

We’ve never been to space, but we hear it’s lovely this time of year. Of course, compared to the delightful spring we’ve been enjoying thus far, anything else would probably feel lovely, regardless of its proximity to gravity. Keeping your feet on the ground is overrated if the ground refuses to get warmer than 3 degrees, anyway.

Other people have gone to space, though, and we know this because of those shiny metal astronaut statues MTV hands out during it’s Video Music Awards. But also because someone who has been to space is visiting St. Paul’s School tonight at 7 to give the Hugh Birckhead Memorial Science Lecture.

Dr. Sandra Magnus is a former astronaut and current executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, which is pretty much all of the nautics. What can she talk about? Oh, you know, pedestrian things like the four months she lived on the International Space Station or the two space shuttle flights she was on. Because, as it turns out, she flew on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002 and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011, sandwiching in four months between 2008 and 2009 living on the ISS.

Our first question for Magnus: Where can we get some of that awesome astronaut ice cream?

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Lindsay Center for Mathematics and Science Lecture Hall, Room 131.

From space to a more earthly environment, we go to tell you about the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Red River Theatres today at 5:30 p.m., brought to you by the New Hampshire Rivers Council. The festival, which turns 4 this year, features films from environmentally-conscious organizations and includes a reception, exhibits by national sponsors and door prizes, along with the film screenings. Ticket cost for non-members includes a one-year membership to the New Hampshire Rivers Council. In all, 11 films will be featured.

Also this evening, the NHTI Film Society presents Chasing Ice, a film by acclaimed photographer James Balog featuring time-lapse cameras that captured a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. The screening will begin at 7 p.m. in the Sweeney Auditorium.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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