Join Us for a Night of Space Exploration!

Celebrate the Launch of Three Space Programs: Space Exploration Month, the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission, and our Pascua Yaqui Girls Space Camp Program!


August 16, 2016 *UPDATED 09/02/2016*

Did you know that Mayor Jonathan Rothchild declared September “Space Exploration Month” in Tucson?  We are celebrating the declaration of Space Exploration Month!  Wednesday, September 7, 2016, in association with the University of Arizona, R Bar, and Maynards Market Place, Time in Cosmology will feature “Space Exploration Night” which includes the family friendly Physics Bus and UA Senior Lecturer of Physics, Shawn Jackson, at the R Bar,  and Maynards delicious The Space Dinner with Master of Ceremony, Meteroite Man, Geoffrey Notkin.   In addition, Stargazing with the UA Astronomy Club, and a viewing and silent auction of Space Art from the International Association of Astronomical Artists throughout the evening will make this an event not to be missed!

WHAT: Space Exploration Night and The Space Dinner
WHEN: September 7, 2016.  Events Starting at 5:30 P.M.  Dinner Starting at 7:45 P.M.
WHERE: The Rialto’s R Bar Address: 350 E. Congress No. 110, Maynards Market 400 N Toole Ave
WHO: Time in Cosmology, UA OSIRIS-REx, Maynards Market, R Bar, International Association of Astronomical Artists, The Physics Factory, Geoffrey Notkin, Pascua Yaqui Computer Clubhouse
COST: Event is FREE.  Dinner is $45 + Tax & Gratuity. Call Maynards for reservations: (520) 545-0577

100% of all proceeds go to funding Space Camp tuition for girls from the Pascua Yaqui Computer Clubhouse.

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Event Schedule
Space Art from the IAAA
5:30 Physics Factory Bus
6:30 Shawn Jackson at R Bar
7:45 Geoffrey Notkin at the Space Dinner & IAAA Silent Auction
9:00 Stargazing with UA Astronomy Club

The Space Dinner Menu:
Bistro Salad
Scarlet butter lettuce, baby kale, bacon, soft-cooked egg, red onion, brioche crouton, herb vinaigrette
*Entrée Selection*
Beer-Brined Chicken — Pueblo Vida Northwest IPA-brined chicken breast, house mustard and fig marmalade, braised red cabbage, shallots, extra virgin olive oil and thyme pommes puree
Saffron Risotto — Braised leeks, sautéed greens, parmesan reggiano, shallot relish, beet chips
Prime Sirloin — 6 oz. Niman Ranch prime sirloin, bearnaise sauce, red wine caramelized onions, pommes frites**, seasonal vegetable
Dinner served with Maynard’s AZ Malbec

Call for your dinner reservations today! (520) 545-0577

Hurry! Seating is limited!

IAAA Silent Auction

The IAAA is donating 20% of proceeds from sales and 100% from the Silent Auction to our Pascua Yaqui Space Camp Girls Scholarship Program,








Artwork from the following artist will be for sale and auction:
Astronaut/ Artist Ron Garan
Astronaut/ Artist Nicole Stott
Michelle Rouch
Earl Billick
Theresa Hentz
Simon Kregar



All proceeds benefit the Time in Cosmology’s Space Camp Girls Scholarship Program.

Time in Cosmology is honored to be collaborating with the Pascua Yaqui Computer Clubhouse in our mission to send middle school aged Pascua Yaqui girls to Space Camp!  The first group of Pascua Yaqui girls will be attending Space Camp in June 2017.  Selected Scholarship winners are receiving full tuition once a year for three years. In addition, we will be adding another group of girls the following year, and the next. The Pascua Yaqui Space Camp Girls Scholarship Program will run for a total of 5 years.

In gratitude and collaboration with:

Maynards is a historic venue with a takeaway counter, a gourmet shop & a bar, and “dark and handsome” eatery with seasonal American fare.   Address: 400 N Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

R Bar opened in July 2014 as an expansion to the historic non-profit Rialto Theater.  The R Bar  has been described as, “the best alley bar in Tucson.”  Address: 350 E. Congress No. 110, Tucson AZ, 85701.  Located in the alley between Rialto and World of Beer.

OSIRIS-REx is the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid to Earth.   The spacecraft is traveling to Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid whose regolith may record the earliest history of our solar system. Bennu may contain the molecular precursors to the origin of life and the Earth’s oceans. Bennu is also one of the most potentially hazardous asteroids, as it has a relatively high probability of impacting the Earth late in the 22nd century. OSIRIS-REx will determine Bennu’s physical and chemical properties, which will be critical to know in the event of an impact mitigation mission. Finally, asteroids like Bennu contain natural resources such as water, organics, and precious metals. In the future, these asteroids may one day fuel the exploration of the solar system by robotic and manned spacecraft.

The IAAA  International Association of Astronomical Artists was founded in 1982 by a small group of artists who journeyed through the fascinating but seldom trod territory where science and art overlap.  Since 2013 IAAA Artists in the Tucson area have been very active in the local STEM community, promoting a human presence in space through outreach events at the Pima Air and Space Museum and the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

The Physics Factory brings physics demonstrations to schools and events throughout Arizona and North America. Inspired by the successful Physics Phun Nights at the University of Arizona, the Physics Factory has grown to include outreach programs, student mentoring, resources for science teachers, and many other programs.

Geoffrey Notkin is a television host, professional meteorite hunter, science writer, and photographer. He was born in New York’s East Village, grew up in London, England, and now makes his home in the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. He studied geology, photography, writing, and design in London, Boston and New York and is the owner of Aerolite Meteorites LLC of Tucson, a featured exhibitor at the annual Tucson gem and mineral shows. (Credit: IMDB)

Pascua Yaqui Clubhouse program provides a creative and safe environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.  The Community Resource Lab provides internet access and Microsoft Office programs for the community to utilize. Classes, training, workshops, and daily computer assistance are also provided after school.

Time in Cosmology is 501(3)(C) non-profit that is adding to the Tucson community by collaborating with UA departments and local organizations for the purpose of engaging and encouraging a broader appeal of scientific ideas and education.