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Space Day

Alan Shepard in Spacesuit before Mercury Launch

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Family Day
Saturday, May 7, 2011
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Throughout the Museum in Washington, DC

Space Day is an annual favorite at the National Air and Space Museum where visitors enjoy hands-on activities and learn about space from Museum experts. All of the activities take place amid the awe-inspiring collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the Museum’s National Mall building.

Activity Stations
• 3-2-1 Lift Off! - Rockets for all ages (hands-on will include Alka-Seltzer, stomp, and stackable)
• Mission to the Moon - Go to astronaut training school and pick up moon rocks
• Build an International Space Station - Group build a station with recycled materials - watch it take shape on Flickr!
• Design a Mission Patch
• Make an astronaut paper doll
• Build a Hubble Space Telescope

• Richard Paul, How Music is Played in Space - Multi media presentation that includes “home movies” from the ISS of astronauts playing music.
• A Shuttle Retrospective - Panel discussion Dr. Thomas Jones, former NASA astronaut  NASM Space History Curator, Roger Launius, and Harley Thronson, NASA Goddard.
• Former astronaut Greg Linteris

Presentation Stations
• How Space Suits are made
• LEGO models of spacecraft real and imagined
• Northern Virginia Amateur Rocket Club
• Space Astronomy: From Hubble to James Webb
• Learn about amateur radio contact with the International Space Station with AMSAT
• NASA Scientists and Engineers

This program is made possible by the generous support of Lockheed Martin.

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