Neil deGrasse Tyson visits Tuesday

Best-selling author and noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson helps welcome more than 100 middle and high school students to the Mississippi State University Raspet Flight Research Laboratory Tuesday.

The Columbus Middle School and Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students will participate in a hands-on rocketry activity from 9:15-10:45 a.m.

In addition to being the best-selling author of "The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet" and "Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries," Tyson also hosts "NOVA science NOW" on PBS. Named People magazine's Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive in 2000, he is known for his ability to make advanced science relatable and entertaining, as seen during his multiple guest appearances on shows like "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

Sponsored by the MSU Bagley College of Engineering's Distinguished Lecture Series, Tyson's visit culminates with his "A Decade of Cosmic Discovery" presentation at Humphrey Coliseum. The 7 p.m. program is free to all.

The evening event includes a question-and-answer session that will be followed by a book signing in the coliseum's outer concourse. No audio or video recording will be possible at that time.

General information about the event is available from Brenda Grebner at (662) 325-7183 or

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