Space Day is a perennial favorite at the National Air and Space Museum where visitors enjoy STEM-inspired hands-on activities, meet astronauts, and learn about space from experts from the Museum and NASA.  All of the activities take place amid the awe-inspiring collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the Museum in Washington, DC.


Meet an Astronaut
Moving Beyond Earth (Gallery 113)

10:30 am and 1:00 pm
NASA Astronaut Pat Forrester will share his experience in space as well as talk about the future of the Space Program.

Noon and 2:00 pm
NASA Astronaut Joseph M. Acaba and Jeff Miller from the US Forest Service will discuss how NASA works with organizations such as the Forest Service to help conserve Earth’s natural resources.

Story Time
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery (Gallery 208)
11:00 am and 1:30 pm
If you Decide to go to the Moon


PRESENTATION STATIONS (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Milestones of Flight (Gallery 100)
US Forest Service
Hear about the long-term relationship between the US Forest Service and NASA

Peace Corps
Find out about the organization that started the friendship of speakers Joe Acaba and Jeff Miller

Learn about space satellites and the weather

SACNAS (Hispanics and Native Americans in Science)
Meet the scientists*

Discovery Station—How Comets are formed

America By Air (Gallery 102)
Washington Metropolitan Area LEGO Users Group
Display of space vehicles—fact and fiction

Space Race (Gallery 114)
Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry
Model rocket display and information on how to get involved with their organization.


ACTIVITY STATIONS (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)

South Lobby (Gallery 108)
Create Comet Art
Design an astronaut mission patch
Draw a Satellite Map

America by Air (Gallery 102)
Design Build Test—Satellites and Rockets

Apollo to the Moon (Gallery 208)
"Astronaut Training School”
Astronaut Dress Up


OUTSIDE (Southeast patio outside McDonald’s)

Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory
Noon – 3:00 pm (weather permitting)
Telescopic Observing and astronomy chat about comets

*These presenters are here as part of Descubra – the science-focused initiative of the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Space Day is made possible by the generous support of Lockheed Martin.
Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum is on May 4, 2013 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Museum in Washington, DC.
How to attend

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

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