FOTP 2020 Annual Meeting

The Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium will be holding our next annual meeting on

Jan. 23 @ 1:30 PM.

Help the Friends plan for the coming year! At our virtual annual meeting, we will be setting goals, adopting a budget, electing officers, and asking our members for ideas. This meeting is open to all members of the Friends of the Planetarium.

The event will begin with a talk by Max Parks entitled

NASA and Politics: How to Conduct Space Science within a Bureaucracy

Max Parks Max Parks, whose last talk for the Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium was in early 2019, will present a brief overview of NASA’s evolving role in the US Federal Government and, then, provide insight into the political factors that guide NASA’s efforts. He is a lifelong student of space and science, with degrees in physics, astronomy, and science policy. He is currently working on his PhD in Geophysics and Space Physics at UCLA. Max has worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, studying Mars, as well as the atmospheres of the outer solar system.

After a brief question and answer period, we will hold our annual business meeting which will include discussion of the status of the planned Education Center construction project. We will also be holding elections for the Board of Directors. To nominate someone, including yourself, please email

Current 2020-2021 members will receive an invitation to register in January.

The Friends depend on your support to provide quality STEM outreach in Arlington, even while the Planetarium is closed. Please join us virtually on January 23 to keep inspiring learners of all ages.