• June 26, 2022
 Show Your Support For El Paso’s Gene Roddenberry Planetarium!

Show Your Support For El Paso’s Gene Roddenberry Planetarium!

Established in 1969, the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium has been a major benefit to El Paso students and teachers by providing an exciting glimpse into the night sky for audiences of all ages, free of charge.

Now the Planetarium is asking for help from the community.

As you may already know, EPISD is looking to relocate the Planetarium to Northeast El Paso. They have applied for a city grant and need letters of support from you, the community, to show that there is a real interest in continuing this tradition of free learning and fun field trips.

To accomplish this goal, the El Paso Herald Post, working on behalf of the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium, asks  you simply submit your name and email in the form below, so the City can see how much we all support this very important part of our community.

But time is of the essence, as all letters need to be received by February 15, 2018.

Thank you!
With your help, we can accomplish keeping the key to the cosmos alive!

Does your business or organization want to join The Gene Roddenberry Planetarium Coalition?


Amy R. Cooley
El Paso Herald Post Outreach


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  • Why don’t the El Paso ISD build the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium over at their new headquarters building once and for all and stop beating around the bush.They still have a whole city block between North Mesa and Stanton Streets that’s in the developing stages for their new headquarters edifice.
    So it would make much more sense into consolidating the Planetarium underneath those new offices along with an adequate parking spaces in a new parking garage. And all located in the same building in one city block considering that no one needs a college education to figure out how to utilize common sense.
    El Paso Independent School District desire is to be in downtown El Paso so why not bring the Planetarium to downtown, and learn from the many Cohen Stadium setbacks.

  • Knowing that the Planetarium is a huge benefit to its students. Why is EPISD willing to sacrifice it, or shut it down?

  • I agree with downtown! With planetarium shows scheduled before and after baseball games, concerts, and the many other events downtown, the planetarium could actually be a profitable educational endeavor.

  • Plz the planatariom is a place to keep it’s history many more years

  • I think that wiuld be great if we could bring the EPISD planetarium to northeast El Paso. It would be great and people could actually see how beautiful the mountains are from the northeast side of El Paso up close. That is what was my Mom’s decision to by her house in northeast El Paso and viewing it from the front picture window is gorgeous. Love it!!!

  • You’re talking about El Paso TX here. Move to Seattle. It’s a much better demographic.

  • Please consider the downtown area. It should be with the rest of the museums and open not only to episd but all school districts and to the public to ensure its survival.

  • Planetariums are vital gateways to a life-long interest in learning, not just a one-hour field trip that might – or might not – hook a student on a career in science. They are unique, and their impact cannot be duplicated by movie theaters, IMAX, or VR.

  • The Gene Roddenberry Planetarium has been in operation for 48 years. During that time, well over 2,000,000 people have sat under its starry dome to learn all the amazing science mankind has discovered about the Universe, the Sun, the planets, the Earth, and ourselves and so much more…

    Totally immersing the student (and learners of all ages among the public!) into that environment is the only way to truly teach certain important space science concepts. And, it provides an experience that is so unlike… So… Alien to people’s normal learning environments, that memories of the lessons and the glory of our own Cosmos stick and last a life time.

    To allow it to falter and be destroyed and not moved and rebuilt anew would be an incredible wrong done to our children in EPISD and all about the El Paso region! We must renew this educational and historical gem!

    Please do your part in saving our planetarium for our school children and for the greater community. Affix your name and e-mail in the link on this page… Call your city council representative. Call the Board of Trustees for EPISD. Call the Superintendent. Let them know that this is important to you and to all of us.

    Thank you.

    Cory Stone
    Planetarium Consultant, Science Speaker
    Former Planetarium Manager of the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium

  • I lived in El Paso for five years. During that time, I spoke probably 25 times at the El Paso Astronomy Club meetings, which were held in the Planetarium. Attendance was always great. It was a great service to the community.

    However, the most important services the Planetarium offered were the many high-quality school programs and carefully thought out exhibits … and all free of charge!

    Science education is so important in our rapidly evolving culture. And astronomy, the first science, is the one able to inspire students the most. Don’t throw away the opportunity to have a positive effect in so many lives as our world heads into an ever more scientific future.


    -Michael E. Bakich
    Senior Editor, Astronomy magazine

  • Please let the Planetarium survive! It is a treasure we need here in our community for children and families to experience! I love it!

  • Do the right thing. It will keep science in the city and improve your score in public approval. Retain the planetarium.

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