Class of 1998 20th Reunion Project

Planetarium Renovation

In honor of our 20th reunion, we in the Class of 1998 have set out to raise $150,000 to support the renovation, maintenance and programmatic use of the USAFA Planetarium and STEM Center.

During its past operation from 1959 to 2004, the USAFA Planetarium was a successful military and academic learning tool for the cadet wing and an important public relations asset. The planetarium was closed in 2004 due to outdated technology and a failing infrastructure. In 2012–2013, a Planetarium Task Force chaired by retired Gen. James P. McCarthy conducted a feasibility study to determine the value and challenges presented by refurbishing the planetarium. Modern technology has continued to increase the reach and value of planetariums; therefore, reopening the USAFA Planetarium would offer significant applications and advantages in several areas:

  • USAFA academics
  • STEM education and outreach
  • Public and community relations
  • USAF research
  • Cadet leadership experience
  • USAFA visitor sites synergy.

The task force concluded that a refurbished planetarium would significantly benefit USAFA academics and research, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and student outreach, cadet leadership experiences, community relations and the USAFA visitor experience.

In light of the compelling task force findings and the dramatic and continuing rise in the importance of the space domain in the mission of the United States Air Force, our 20th reunion class gift committee unanimously agreed that a planetarium project provides a unique opportunity to focus class generosity on an institutionally important initiative.

In honor of our gift, our class will be recognized in the planetarium, and our support will be a lasting legacy of our Class of ’98.

Read more in this two-page PDF about the planetarium project.

Your ’98 Gift Committee or Squadron Rep will contact you soon.

If you have questions, contact the Class of ’98 Gift Committee at