Phil Groce, president of Helping Planetariums Succeed, takes measurements at the Smith Planetarium on Pond Springs Road south of Chickamauga, Ga., while Robin Samples, left, director of curriculum and instruction for Walker County Schools, and retired teacher Shirley Smith watch. The Walker County school system operated the planetarium and a NASA telescope at the site until a storm damaged the adjoining school building.
Phil Groce, president of Helping Planetariums Succeed, takes measurements at the Smith Planetarium on Pond Springs Road south of Chickamauga, Ga., while Robin Samples, left, director of curriculum and instruction for Walker County Schools, and retired teacher Shirley Smith watch. The Walker County school system operated the planetarium and a NASA telescope at the site until a storm damaged the adjoining school building.
Photo by John Rawlston .
published Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
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CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — When the Smith Planetarium opened in May 2011 on Pond Springs Road, its namesake James A. Smith led the first program, pointing out constellations on the domed ceiling with a handheld green laser beam.

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