Space Day promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education with fun activities aimed at nurturing young peoples' enthusiasm for the wonders of the universe and inspiring them to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines. The theme for this year’s event is Living and Exploring in Space.


Current astronaut, Patrick G. Forrester (Colonel, USA Ret.) STS-105, STS-117, STS-128
11:30 AM
Moving Beyond Earth (Gallery 113)

Current astronaut, Patrick G. Forrester (Colonel, USA Ret) STS-105, STS-117, STS-128 and Former astronaut Thomas "T.K." Mattingly (Rear Admiral USN, Ret.) Apollo 16, STS-4, STS-51C
Moving Beyond Earth (Gallery 113)
2:00 PM

David DeVorkin, senior space history curator
Talks all about Skylab
Space Race (Gallery 114)
Time TBD

Observe the Sun (weather permitting)
Public Observatory
Noon - 3:00 PM

All Day Programs:

In Milestones of Flight (Gallery 100)

  • Observe LEGO spacecraft built by the Washingotn Metro Area LEGO Users Group.
  • Discover the composition of a comet in front of the Stardust Capsule.
  • Understand how rockets are launched with International Launch Services.
  • Find out what Presidents Nixon and Ford have to do with the Space Program.

In Space Race (Gallery 114)

  • Find out how spacesuits and Mars air bags are made with ILC Dover.
  • Explore how you can be involved with model rockets with NOVAAR (Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry).
    • Uncover the Secrets of the Corona reconnaissance camera with support of the National Reconnaissance Office

In the South Lobby (Gallery 108)

  • Design an astronaut mission patch.
  • Make comet art.

In Apollo to the Moon (Gallery 210)
Astronaut "training school"

  • Work together to put together a space shuttle.
  • Train with "space" gloves.
  • Dress like an astronaut.
  • Navigate like an Apollo astronaut.
  • Make a hydroponic garden.
  • Design a robotic arm.

Space Day is made possible by the generous support of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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