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July 19, 2014

Commemorate the anniversaries of several milestone space explorations during Family Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

It has been 45 years since Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the moon on July 20th, 1969! Several other important space exploration milestones have anniversaries that take place in July: the Viking Lander I landed on Mars on July 20, 1976, and the Mars Pathfinder mission landed on Mars on July 4, 1997. And Apollo 15 -- carrying an all-Air Force crew -- landed on the moon on July 30, 1971. Visitors can see the Apollo 15 command module in the museum's Missile & Space Gallery.

Throughout the day, visitors can participate in demonstration stations and hands-on activities to learn about space exploration and rocketry.

In addition, a storytime program begins at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. in the Early Years Gallery. Preschool and primary-grade children are invited to sit under the wings of airplanes to hear stories and make a space-related craft.

During this month's Aerospace Adventure, participants can make and launch a paper Saturn V rocket. This free activity takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the event area near the Korean War Gallery.

All activities are free! No advanced reservations are necessary. Call the Education Division at (937) 255-4646 for additional information.

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Upcoming Family Days

Aug. 16, 2014
Commemorate National Aviation Day (and Orville Wright's birthday) by learning about aerospace technology and history from 1903 to 2014 and beyond through fun demos and hands-on activities.

Sept. 27-28, 2014
This month's Family Day will be held in conjunction with the two-day World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI in Europe. Dawn Patrol is one of the nation's premier historical aviation events as it brings the excitement and adrenaline of early air power to Ohio. The event features vintage original and reproduction WWI aircraft, radio-controlled models, era automobiles, period re-enactors, educational activities and a collector's show. Click here for more information about this event.

Oct. 18, 2014
Celebrate Halloween by learning fun aerospace principles through Halloween-themed activities. Come dressed in your favorite costume!

Nov. 15, 2014
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!

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