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Space FestSpace Fest
May 15-16, 2015

Join us May 15-16 as the museum and a number of partner organizations offer a multitude of exciting space-related hands-on activities for all ages!

The event begins on Friday, May 15 with a rocket launch, signaling the start of a 1-mile kids' race at 6 p.m., followed by the 5K Fun Run: Space Costume Edition at 6:30 p.m. All participants are encouraged to wear costumes, and registration for the races is available at

Former NASA astronaut Frederick D. Gregory will introduce the movie Star Trek (2009) at 7:30 p.m. in the Air Force Museum Theatre. This movie was Leonard Nimoy's last major role in a Star Trek film, and tickets are available at a reduced cost of $5 per person. Following the movie, a star-gaze with telescopes will take place from 9:30-11 p.m.

On Saturday, May 16, Gregory will participate in an autograph session from 10-11:30 a.m. at the museum's Space Shuttle Exhibit. Visitors may bring one item per person to be autographed. At 1 p.m. Gregory will discuss his experiences in space during a free presentation in Carney Auditorium. Then, at 4 p.m. he will introduce the newly-released film Journey to Space in the Air Force Museum Theatre. Ticket information for that film is available on the theatre's website,

In addition to Gregory's appearances on Saturday, visitors can build and launch model rockets, try out space shuttle landing simulators, listen to stories and make crafts, meet costumed characters such as crowd favorite R2-D2, take tours of the museum's Space Shuttle Exhibit and much more.

Admission to most activities is free, although there are costs associated with the 5K run, movies at the Air Force Museum Theatre and flight simulators. For up-to-date information about the event, including a detailed schedule, please visit

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Upcoming Family Days

Play Ball - June 20, 2015
Can you throw a curve ball? Learn about the physics of baseball and other sports through a variety of fun demos and hands-on activities.

Newton in Space - July 18, 2015
Commemorate the anniversaries of both the Apollo 11 and the Apollo 15 moon landings by learning about rocketry and space flight through fun demos and hands-on activities. The museum has the Apollo 15 Command Module on display in the Missile & Space Gallery.

National Aviation Day - Aug. 15, 2015
Commemorate National Aviation Day (and Orville Wright's birthday) by learning about aerospace technology and history from 1903 to 2015 and beyond through fun demos and hands-on activities.

Fall with Gravity - Sept. 26, 2015
Celebrate the fall season while learning how we can overcome and cope with the force that causes falling! Activities will include sitting in an actual B-2 ejection seat and trying on a parachute.

Spooktacular Aerospace Fun - Oct. 31, 2015
Celebrate Halloween by learning fun aerospace principles through Halloween-themed activities. Come dressed in your favorite costume!

Destination Space Station - Nov. 21, 2015
Commemorate the anniversary of the greatest engineering feat in modern history: the International Space Station. Learn about the station and spaceflight through fun demos and hands-on activities. Build your own space station from recycling materials!

Note: The Air Force Museum Foundation will offer related activities on certain dates. Click here for more information.

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