Celebrate Space Day…Air and Space Museum

Posted by Allyson Greene at 4/28/2009 9:00:00 PM

NASA and Lockheed Martin are sponsoring Space Day this Saturday at the on the National Mall.  Details are listed below.  We hope you can go and enjoy the event! 

Allyson Greene and Laurie Sullivan, Project Discovery

From the National Air and Space Museum:

Celebrate Space Day at the NationalAir and Space Museum, May 2, 2009. This eventis sponsored by Lockheed Martin with additional support by NASA. Space Day is aperennial favorite at the National Air and Space Museumwhere visitors enjoy hands-on activities, meet astronauts and authors, learnabout space from museum experts, and even talk live to an astronaut on theInternational Space Station. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Human SpaceFlight: Past, Present and Future.” All of the activities take place amidthe awe-inspiring collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in theMuseum’s National Mall building.


Activities include:


10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Meet former astronauts Dr. Dan Barry,Dr. Roger Crouch and Capt. Kenneth Reightler Jr. in a panel discussion followedby questions and answers.


11:45a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

View amultimedia presentation and meet the astronauts of STS-119, the March 2009space shuttle Discovery crew, whowill talk about their experiences on the International Space Station. Aquestion and answer session follows the presentation.


12:45p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Learn howastronauts play music in space. Watch a multimedia presentation by Richard Paulwith interviews and videos of astronauts playing music in space.


11:23or 11:48 a.m. (barring technical issues)

Talk live to anastronaut on the International Space Station, courtesy of Amateur Radio on theInternational Space Station.


AMSAT– The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation

Find out aboutradio equipment and more about amateur radio.


11:30a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Listen to astorytime for younger children (ages 3-8)

“The Astronaut’s Handbook” by MeghanMcCarthy


11a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Dream aboutbeing an astronaut? Watch “Apollo to theMoon ,” an excitingmultimedia performance by Kevin Reese in which he shares one young man’s dreamto become an astronaut and the dream to reach for the impossible — the moon.



Check out localrobotics teams’ latest creations and demonstrations of their expertise inbuilding and controlling robots for competition


The NewLunar Rover

Hear Dr. W.Brent Garry, Museum geologist, talk about his experiences as a test driver ofthe next generation of lunar rovers.


LockheedMartin presents the Orion Crew Vehicle

Get a sneakpeek at the much-anticipated successor to the space shuttle, the Orion CrewExploration Vehicle.


WashingtonMetro Area LEGO Users Group

Marvel atdisplays of LEGO creations and enter the “pit” full of bricks where you canmake your own spacecraft.


Northern Virginia Association ofRocketry

See home-builtrockets and learn how to build your own flyable model rocket.


Signaturesin Space

Sign a giantposter to be sent into space on a future mission.


LunarSurface and Rock

Learn about themoon’s surface from Priscilla Strain, National Air and Space Museumscientist, and see a real moon rock.


DuctTape Activity

Construct aduct tape wallet to take home and learn how duct tape is used in space.


Make a Mission Patch

Design a spacemission patch like astronauts wear and take it home.


Meetthe Author

“Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 ,” astory of adventure and discovery for ages 4-7, was written by Brian Floca. Thebook will be on sale and can be signed by the author.


This schedule issubject to change. Please ask a visitor services representative at the VisitorsServices Desk for an updated schedule upon arrival.


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