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.
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
Find out about the organization that started the friendship of speakers Joe Acaba and Jeff Miller
NOAA* and NASA
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.