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Space Fest 2014

tabEvent Overview 
Join us May 16-17, 2014 for a multitude of exciting space-related activities! The museum and a number of partner organizations will offer hands-on activities for all ages, including special appearances by astronauts, a 5K fun run/walk and 1-mile kids' race, a star-gaze with telescopes, a chance to see the museum's new space shuttle exhibit, model rocket building and launching, and much more. Admission to most activities is FREE!
tabEvent Schedule 
More activities will be added on both days as the event nears. Please watch this space for updates.

Friday, May 16

Air Force Museum Theatre

7 p.m. --
Gravity (in 3D) shown in Air Force Museum Theater ($) 
   - Former Astronaut Greg Johnson will speak before and after the movie
   - Click here to purchase tickets (reduced cost is $4 per person)

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Fun Runs

8 p.m. --
1-mile kids' fun run ($) (Parents may accompany young children during kids' race)

8:30 p.m. --
5K Fun Run: Glow in the Dark Edition ($)

   - Click here to register online
   - Pre-registration entry fee is $20 per person (includes t-shirt; fee increases to $25 after April 28)
   - Registration offered on day of event for $30 (t-shirt not guaranteed)
   - Base access is not required to participate
   - Races begin with lighted model rocket launches
   - Participants receive glow-in-the-dark sticks
   - Kids' race particpants receive ribbons

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9 p.m. --
Miami Valley Astronomical Society members available for questions and answers

9:30 p.m. --
Star-Gaze with telescopes (weather permitting)
   - Click here to learn about star-gaze etiquette

Saturday, May 17

Astronaut Appearances and Special Presentations

10 a.m. --
Astronaut autograph session at Space Shuttle Exhibit

11 a.m. -- Dayton Challenger Learning Center presents one of Christa's Lost Lessons at STEM Learning Node

1 p.m. -- Astronaut Douglas Wheelock presentation in Carney Auditorium

2 p.m. -- Dr. Doug Lantry presentation on space suits at STEM Learning Node

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Hands-on Activities

10 a.m.-5 p.m. --
Ongoing indoor space-related activities
   - Indoor planetarium
   - Space shuttle computer simulators
   - Learn about space-related pop culture
   - Solar system scale
   - 3D printer
   - Hands-on demonstration stations
   - Space-related make-it/take-it stations
   - Special costumed characters
   - Working model of Star Wars R2-D2 droid

10 a.m.-5 p.m. --
Ongoing outdoor space-related activities (weather permitting) 
   - Solar viewing
   - Rocket launches on front field
   - Space shuttle slide and Space Camp bounce houses

11 a.m. --
Model rocket build and fly begins in event area in second building (while supplies last)

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Musical Performances

10 a.m. -- Troy Show Choir performance at Space Shuttle Exhibit

12 p.m. --
USAF Band of Flight performance at stage area near Korean War Gallery

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Space Trivia Contests

10:30 a.m. --
Space trivia contest at STEM Learning Node

12:30 p.m. -- Space trivia contest at Carney Auditorium

2:30 p.m. -- Space trivia contest at Carney Auditorium

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10 a.m.-5 p.m. -- 
Space-related stories in event area in second building

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Air Force Museum Theatre

12 p.m. -- Hidden Universe shown in Air Force Museum Theater ($) (reduced cost is $6 per person)

2 p.m. --
Hidden Universe shown in Air Force Museum Theater ($) (reduced cost is $6 per person)

The Air Force Museum Theatre will show other movies throughout the day. Click here for all show times and ticket prices.

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Other Activities

9 a.m.-5 p.m. --
Museum galleries and National Aviation Hall of Fame open

9 a.m.-5 p.m. -- Museum store, interactive simulators and Morphis MovieRide Simulator open ($) (reduced cost for Morphis is $3 per person; click here for simulator information)

10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Museum cafe open on second floor ($)

11 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Outdoor grill open outside visitor entrance ($)

11 a.m.-4 p.m. -- Refueling cafe open on Cold War Gallery balcony ($)

Event schedule subject to change
($) indicates cost associated with activity

Updated 4/22/14
tabSpace Fest News 
tabAstronaut Appearances 
The following astronauts will be participating in Space Fest.
Astronaut Gregory H. Johnson Col. Gregory H. Johnson, USAF (Ret.), Former Astronaut

Presentation at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16, prior to Gravity (in 3D) at Air Force Museum Theatre ($)
   - Click here to purchase tickets (reduced cost is $4 per person)
Astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock Col. Douglas H. Wheelock, NASA Astronaut

Autographs at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Space Shuttle Exhibit

Presentation at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 in Carney Auditorium
tabHighlighted Activities 
tabParticipating Organizations 
AF ManTech Division of AFRL
AIAA Dayton-Cincinnati Section

Air Force Institute of Technology
Air Force Museum Foundation
Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Observatory
Columbus School of Model Rocketry
Dayton Challenger Learning Center
Engineers Club of Dayton
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
Greene County Public Library
Mars Society - Ohio Chapter
Miami Valley Astronomical Society
NASA Glenn Research Center
National Aviation Hall of Fame
R2-D2 Club
Team Ohio Rocketry Club
WPAFB Force Support Fitness

Special thanks to our costumed characters:
Ayn Wood (costume designer)
501st Legion (Star Wars)
Paws for Ability
Rebel Legion (Star Wars)

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tabSecurity Notice 
Please note that for security reasons, all bags are subject to search, and backpacks, packages and large camera cases are not permitted within the museum. In addition, all adults may be asked to show their picture identification card upon entering the museum.

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