Rosman, NC – On Friday, January 24th, the public is invited to join the Learning Center at PARI for Pisgah Nights: Space, Spies, and Secrets, featuring PARI’s Director of Facilities and Security, Brad McCall. With a deep family connection to the site, Brad will lead a discussion on the history of PARI’s campus, which has been home to both NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We are always asked about the special missions that were conducted at this 200-acre, mountaintop facility, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to tell the story of our historic campus,” said Brad. “From Apollo missions to the ATS-6 satellite, this location offers a very rich heritage on both regional and national levels, and we are extremely proud to call this location the home of the Learning Center at PARI.”

Pisgah Nights is open to learners of all ages and will begin at 6:00 pm, with light snacks available. Following the presentation, guests may to tour the Learning Center’s galleries and attend a planetarium show at the Learning Center’s AdventureDome. Reservations are required and are accepted until 3:00 pm on the day of the event. The cost is $40 per adult, $13 per student ages 6 – 17, with children five and under admitted free. For additional information, contact Chelena Blythe at, or call the Learning Center at 828.862.5554.

About the Learning Center at PARI
The Learning Center at PARI is a public not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah National Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, NC, the 200-acre campus is the former site of a historic NASA satellite tracking station. Today, the Learning Center is a premier science camp destination for all ages to visit and become immersed in the world of science and technology. The campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive, onsite lodging and restaurant. Exhibit galleries display NASA Space Shuttle artifacts and collections of rare meteorites and minerals. The Learning Center provides STEM educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research. For more information about PARI and its programs, visit

Photo caption: The Learning Center at PARI’s 200-acre campus is located in the Pisgah National Forest at a former historic NASA tracking station.