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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Grand Rapids Public Museum will start work this fall on a $1.2 million upgrade to its planetarium.

The Grand Rapids Press reports ( http://bit.ly/19l6gss ) that the planetarium opened in 1994 and is named for Roger Chaffee. Chaffee died with fellow Apollo 1 astronauts Gus Grissom and Ed White in 1967.

The Wege Foundation provided an $800,000 grant to help pay for the work. It will include improvements in technology, and to seating, design and display. It is expected to be completed in early 2014.

The planetarium averages 60,000 visitors a year.

Chaffee was a Grand Rapids native and a graduate of Central High School.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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