Museum Hosts Space Day on May 8

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Celebrates Space Science and Astronomy this Saturday

The whole family will enjoy annual Space Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 8, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are FREE with general admission.

The event features a special presentation by NASA Astronaut, Bruce McCandless, who helped design and fly the Manned Maneuvering Unit and was on the mission that placed the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. McCandless will take visitors on a virtual tour through space, from within the Museum's planetarium, and explain what it feels like to orbit the Earth in a space shuttle.

Additional Activities include:

  • Hear the latest news about Mars exploration from Steven Lee, PhD, curator of planetary science.
  • Take a virtual tour of the solar system with the Museum's space scientists.
  • Check out the stunning technology of the new Science on the Sphere interactive exhibit in Space Odyssey.
  • Enjoy a visit from "Galileo."
  • See shows on the Galaxy Stage, including the new show about the science of Colorado thunderstorms.
  • Explore the phases of the moon, what causes the seasons, spectroscopy, and how to make a sundial.
  • Experience an astronaut field report from the "surface of Mars."
  • Try out solar viewing with special telescopes.

Visitors can also purchase tickets to see Hubble IMAX, which recounts the amazing journey of the Hubble Space Telescope, arguably the most important scientific instrument since Galileo's original telescope and the greatest success in space since the Moon landing. Saturday show times are 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m..

GENERAL INFORMATION
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard (Montview & Colorado Boulevard)
Website: www.dmns.org 
Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

MEDIA CONTACT
Heather Hope, PR Manager: 303-370-8372, Heather.Hope@dmns.org

About the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205.  To learn more about the Museum call 303-370-6000. Many of the Museum's educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.

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