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Annapolis site being sought for space science center Nonprofit group offers educational programs


A nonprofit organization devoted to space science studies is scouting the Annapolis area for what it hopes will be its 26th educational center in the country.

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education's local committee would like to find a site before the end of the year, raise money for it and open it in two years, said Caroline R. Benson, a member of the local committee and president of a consulting firm in Annapolis. The committee wants the center to be centrally located in the county and is looking at publicly and privately owned sites.

The idea has piqued the interest of the county school board. Members said they would like to see the hands-on space science program available to students.

Challenger Centers offer simulated space programs, such as creation of a prototype settlement on Mars, and use space exploration

to teach math, science and other subjects. Maryland has one other Challenger Center, in Greenbelt.

Boats are burglarized at Harbor Cove Marina

Thieves stole fishing gear, radios, navigational aids and cooking equipment from 15 boats berthed at the Harbor Cove Marina in Deale, county police said yesterday.

The burglars cut through a chain-link fence to get into the marina in the 5900 block of Vacation Lane between 5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

They boarded the boats and stole fishing rods and reels, tackle boxes, VHF radios, depth finders, navigation units and two microwave ovens. Police found the items in a pile near the hole in the fence.

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