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The Public Connection

"Earth views of space and space views of Earth"

Rice University has been a leader in Education and Public Outreach efforts for more than 25 years, through its many major initiatives, including:

These projects have resulted in many "firsts" in the partnership between Rice and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. In addition, Rice has worked with many other outreach partners, including Texas Space Grant, HISD, and Minority Education projects over the years.


These projects have created many educational products (software and planetarium shows).  The only ones that are still distributed by Rice University are the software suites:

The other software titles and planetarium shows are now commercially distributed by our spinoff companies Space Update, Inc. and MTPE, Inc. (dba ePlanetarium).

This website archives some of the history and products of our various programs and provides links to our current educational activities.