The PlayStation 4 may be the most powerful home video game console on the market today (according to its manufacturer), but when NASA launched the 2006 New Horizon probe for a mission that would take it 3 billion miles from Earth, it went with the tried-and-true decades-old CPU that powered Crash Bandicoot on the PlayStation 1 over any bleeding-edge tech. The mission's flabbergasting findings on the dwarf planet Pluto and its five moons are the focus of NASA New Horizons -- To Pluto!, this month's Nova Nights at the St. Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or www.slsc.org) tonight at 6 p.m. Attendees can test upcoming video games created by area developers, play with robots in the Maker Garage and take in a lecture about NASA's mission to Pluto. At 10 p.m. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar screens for free in the theater (but not in the IMAX format; regular style only). Admission is free, as are most of the activities.
Fri., Aug. 7, 6 p.m., 2015