January 28, 2020

MEDIA ALERT: Press announcement & panel discussion February 4 at 10am, celebrating reconnaissance satellite optical technology now on display at RMSC


The optical system of Gambit-1 (KH-7), a previously classified national reconnaissance satellite designed and manufactured in Rochester in the 1960s, is now on display at the StrasenburghPlanetarium. Media is invited to a press announcement and panel discussion celebrating the homecoming of this significant Rochester legacy and those who worked on the project. The panel discussion will be moderated by James Outzen, Director of the Center for the Study of NationalReconnaissance (CSNR) and include Gambit experts. The technology is on long-term loan to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).



Hillary Olson, President & CEO, Rochester Museum & Science Center

Adam Bello, County Executive, Monroe County

Stephanie Dickman, VP Strategy/New Business, L3Harris

Dr. James Outzen, Director, Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance

Tom Maultsby, Senior Scholar, Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance

Gambit experts who worked on the classified project


Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 10am

9:30am: Doors open; coffee & light refreshments available in the Strasenburgh
Planetarium lobby

10:00am: Press announcement & discussion panel in the Strasenburgh Planetarium lobby

10:55am: Questions & closing statements



RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium657 East AvenueRochester, N.Y. 14607

Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, StrasenburghPlanetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200interactive exhibits, the Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and the Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSCcollection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention.RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top five most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit rmsc.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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