PASCO, Wash., -- It's one small step for man, and the largest planetarium in the state of Washington for Columbia Basin College.
After nearly five years of planning, the Bechtel National Planetarium opened to the public this morning. NASA astronauts Charlie Duke and Story Musgrave were on hand for the dedication.
The $1.3 million facility seats about 100 people making it the largest of it's kind in the state.
"It's a great moment for the college because the planetarium will be a great educational tool for our students," said CBC President Rich Cummins. "But it's also a great moment for the entire Mid-Columbia region because we'll be doing outreach to all the schools and families around here."
Along with astronomy classes the planetarium will be used for local schools to schedule class field trips.
For more information on when the planetarium is open to the public, click here.