Celebrate Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum, on Saturday, May 8, 2010. This event is sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Space Day is a perennial favorite at the National Air and Space Museum. Visitors enjoy hands-on activities; meet astronauts; learn about space from museum experts; and even talk live to an astronaut on the International Space Station. All of the activities take place amid the awe-inspiring collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the museum’s National Mall building.
10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Meet current NASA astronaut Daniel M. Tani, member of space shuttle mission STS-108 and, in 2007-2008, space station Expedition 16.
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Meet retired NASA astronaut Jay Apt, veteran of four space shuttle missions.
1:01 p.m. (barring technical issues)
Hear a live up-link to an astronaut on the International Space Station, courtesy of ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station).
Activity Stations 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Signatures in Space
Sign a giant poster to be sent into space on a future mission.
Washington Metro Area LEGO Users Group
Marvel at displays of LEGO creations and enter the “pit” full of bricks where you can make your own spacecraft.
Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry
See home-built rockets and learn how to build your own flyable model rocket.
Make a Mission Patch
Design a space mission patch like astronauts wear and take it home.
Design a Satellite
Learn about the parts of a satellite and build a 3-D model to take home.
Build a Space Station
Use recycled materials to contribute to a group-build project. You can also make a small spacecraft to take home.
This schedule is subject to change. Please ask a visitor services representative at the Visitors Services Desk for an updated schedule upon arrival.
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