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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 Col. (Ret.) 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 begins with rocket launches
   - Participants receive glow-in-the-dark sticks
   - Kids' race particpants receive ribbons

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Star-Gaze

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

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
   - Hands-on demonstration stations
   - Space-related make-it/take-it stations
   - Special roaming characters

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

11 a.m. --
Model rocket build and fly begins (while supplies last)

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Musical Performances

1 p.m. -- USAF Band of Flight performance

Time TBD -- Troy Show Choir performance

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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 4/10/14
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

Presentation on Saturday, May 17 (time to be determined)
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
KinderCare
Mars Society - Ohio Chapter
Miami Valley Astronomical Society
NASA Glenn Research Center
National Aviation Hall of Fame
R2-D2 Club
SWFTEC
Team Ohio Rocketry Club
WPAFB Force Support Fitness

Special Thanks:
Ayn Wood

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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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