Join us as we celebrate the contributions of Latinos to aviation and space exploration. Hear about Latin Americans’ contributions to aviation and space exploration, meet Hispanic scientists and engineers, and participate in bilingual activities.


Flights of Fancy
Hear Sadie the Airmail Pilot by Kellie Strom and complete a hands-on activity. The Spanish version of the book, Elsa y el Correo Aereo, will also be available.
In Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (Gallery 208)
11:00 am and 1:30 pm 

Docent Tours in Spanish
Meet at the Welcome Center
11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Observe the Sky
Learn about the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico
In the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory (outside near McDonald’s)
12:00 pm—3:00 pm (weather permitting)



Robots in Space
In Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall (Gallery 100)

Robotic Arms in the Design Hangar
In How Things Fly (Gallery 109)

The Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert Series
In Space Race (Gallery 114)

  • Talk to Pablo de Leon from the University of North Dakota who is working on the North Dakota Experimental-1 (NDX-1) suit designed for use on Mars
  • Talk to Erika Wright from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Learn about Hispanic Contributions to the Federal Aviation Administration and the US Air Force 
In America by Air (Gallery 102)

Design Build Test: Parachutes (Inspired by WWII Fighter Pilot Richard Candelaria)
In America by Air (Gallery 102)

Put Together an Airship like Alberto Santos Dumont
In America by Air (Gallery 102)

“Fly” Over the Alps with Jorge Chavez
In America by Air (Gallery 102)

Build a Plane for Félix Rigau Carrera
In America by Air (Gallery 102)

Going to Mars Activity Area
In Looking at Earth (Gallery 110)

  • Build a Mars Station inspired by Pablo de Leon 
  • Learn how a space craft will get to Mars in the ¡Descubra! Create-It Activity: Build a Rocket
  • Plant space salad inspired by Yajaira Sierra-Sastre

Build a Rocket Pack like Juan Manuel and Isabel Lozano
In Space Race (Gallery 114)


ASL interpretation is available. Please check in at the Welcome Center to request interpretation.

This program is presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert program series, connecting young people to leaders in science, technology, engineering and math professions.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Aviation Spaceflight
How to attend

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

6th St. and Independence Ave SW. Washington, DC 20560