Celebrate Space Day April 28 at the Denver Museum of
Nature & Science
Special space sciences events included FREE with
DENVER - April 25, 2012 -Families and visitors
of all ages are invited to join the Denver Museum of Nature &
Science, the Denver Astronomical Society, and the Colorado School
of Mines Lunabotics team to celebrate space exploration. Museum
visitors will have the unique opportunity to hear from a number of
special guests, including retired NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless
II; safely view the sun through solar telescopes; and find out how
to get involved in astronomy.
Launched in 1997 by Lockheed Martin, Space Day is a grassroots
education initiative that promotes achievements and opportunities
in space exploration. Internationally, Space Day's focus on math,
science, technology, and engineering education has reached millions
of students and earned the Space Foundation's prestigious Education
Space Day Celebration Events
Free with Museum Admission on Saturday, April
The Museum is celebrating Space Day with a full day of special
programs and activities free with admission. Visitors can
experience hands-on activities, listen to presentations, and
participate in Q&A sessions. Below are highlights.
- Astronaut on Mars, Mars Outpost - Mars Diorama, 11:15 a.m.
Step up to the window of a diorama and look at Candor Chasma on
Mars. Watch an "astronaut" conduct research, and ask
questions via walkie-talkie to find out about living in
space. Stop at the Experiment Bar to make discoveries about
- What It's Like to Fly on the Space Shuttle - Gates Planetarium,
Retired NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless II and Museum space
science educator Eddie Goldstein will talk about McCandless's
experiences in space while viewing Earth as seen from orbit.
- Build a Gumdrop Spacecraft - Experiment Bar, 10 a.m. to 4
Along with Lockheed Martin Engineer Karolyn Evans, visitors can
design their own spacecraft using only gumdrops, toothpicks, and
small paper cups. They then will test them to see if they can
survive a five-foot drop.
- Solar Telescopes - Outside West Atrium, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00
View the sun safely through solar telescopes. Members of the
Denver Astronomical Society will be on hand to share their
expertise (weather permitting).
Space Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature &
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is committed to
providing visitors with inspiring and accurate information
regarding space sciences. The Museum has three space science
curators with expertise in planetary science, space science,
astrobiology, and astrophysics. The work of these scientists
and their teams can be viewed in the Museum's dynamic and highly
interactive exhibition Space
Odyssey. Planetarium shows andIMAX films supplement the
Museum's permanent exhibition with the latest information regarding
Charlotte Hurley, [email protected],
About the Denver Museum of Nature &
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,
or 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.