The 12th “Space Day” Celebration at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on May 16

The San Diego Air & Space Museum will host its 12th Annual Space Day celebration on May 16. Space Day will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and hands-on activities with local and national space experts.

Attendees also have the chance to meet a real astronaut. Local astronaut Woody Spring, whose ambitious spacewalks from the space shuttle helped prepare for the construction of the International Space Station, is planning to join us and share stories of his dynamic space career.

During this event, guests can participate in a number of great activities, including touching a meteorite, building and flying a paper rocket, talking to space experts, designing your own space patch, coloring activities, free posters, giveaways, and more. It’s an event that will be fun for kids of all ages.

Kids 17 and under are free with a paid adult admission. Discounts on general adult admission are available on the event site. 2theXtreme-MathAlive! and simulators are an extra cost. As an extra bonus, the Museum’s Space Galleries are open for viewing throughout the event, including a flown Apollo spacecraft, moon rocks, and space suits!

Invited Presenters include NASA, JPL, XCOR, SETI, Lockheed Martin, San Diego Astronomy Association, UCSD EarthKAM, The Planetary Society, SPAWAR, Virgin Galactic, Aerospace Legacy Foundation, Sally Ride Science, Astronaut Teacher Alliance, Boeing, and many others.

San Diego has one of the richest aviation heritages of any city in the country. Convair, home of such famous aircraft as the B-24 Liberator and the PBY Catalina, was founded here. Ryan Aeronautical, home of Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, was located here, and North Island Naval Air Station is the home of naval aviation. Much of that knowledge is captured and conveyed through the San Diego Air & Space Museum, a major institution unique to the region and one of the preeminent aviation museums in the nation.

Aviation history is truly a remarkable story, and it all unfolds at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Your journey through the history of flight begins as you stand beneath a model of the Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon of 1783, the first manned vehicle in recorded history to break the bonds of gravity and lift humans above the Earth.

Rare specimens of aircraft suggest the excitement of air combat in the World War I Gallery. Marvel at the entertaining and dangerous antics of the barnstormers of the 1920s in the Golden Age of Flight Gallery. Mint condition aircraft in a mint condition museum – a Spitfire Mk. XVI, a Navy F6F Hellcat and an A-4 Skyhawk jet – these beautifully restored airplanes help you appreciate the increasingly complex technology represented in the classic military aircraft of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The Museum’s display of space age technology, like the desire to journey to the stars, may never be finished, for it represents an adventure which the human race has truly just begun.

The mission of the Sand Diego Air & Space Museum is to preserve significant artifacts of air and space history and technology; inspire excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; educate the public about the historical and social significance of air and space technology and engage its promise for the future; and celebrate aviation and space flight history and technology.

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