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The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has released its online program calendar for May and June 2020. The museum moved all programming online while its locations are closed as a public health precaution due to COVID-19. Building on the success of the weekly “Air and Space Live Chats” and special programs like “Space Songs: Through the Distance,” a concert presented on YouTube April 30, the museum continues its virtual programming to engage the public and help build a nation of innovators and explorers.
All of the museum’s online educational resources have been carefully curated on its Air and Space Anywhere page, targeted for all ages, and its K-12 Learning Resources, geared toward parents and children learning at home.
“Air and Space Live Chats”
May 14: “Spacesuits” with spacesuit curator Cathleen Lewis and spacesuit conservator Lisa Young
May 20: “Pioneering Women in Space” with NASA astronaut Mary Cleave
May 21: The Wright Brothers
May 28: “The First US Crewed Launch Since 2011”
June 4: “55th Anniversary of the First US Spacewalk—Gemini IV”
June 11: “The Dragonfly Mission to Titan”
June 18: “Pilot Panel”
June 25: “From Air Disaster to Air Success”
“STEM in 30” Mission Debriefs
May 7: “World War II and VE Day”
May 18: “Earthquakes and Volcanoes”
The “STEM in 30” Mission Debriefs are presented at 1 p.m. on the “STEM in 30” Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/STEMin30/.
Flights of Fancy Online Story Times
May 19: “The Story of Bessie Coleman" by Ann Caspari, illustrated by Diane Kidd
May 26: “Three Friends” by Ann Caspari, illustrated by Diane Kidd
June 2: “Pluto’s Secret” by David DeVorkin and Margaret Weitekamp, illustrated by Diane Kidd
June 9: “Barnstorming Pilots, Flying Circuses and Air Shows” by Ann Caspari, illustrated by Diane Kidd
The museum will release a new story time and a coinciding hands-on activity every other week on its YouTube channel at 11 a.m.: https://www.youtube.com/user/airandspace.
The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington Dulles International Airport. Both facilities, along with all Smithsonian museums, are temporarily closed as a public health precaution. Normal hours are daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free, but there is a $15 fee for parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
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